Nigel Benn, known as the Dark Destroyer, was twice a
world champion at middleweight and super middleweight.
He lost only 5 of his professional fights, three of those
defeats coming at the end of his career.
Born in Ilford on January 22nd 1964, as a boxer in the
army he had a record 41 wins and one loss. He turned professional
in 1987, and had 22 consecutive knockout wins. Benn was
crowned world middleweight champion after knocking out
Doug DeWitt, the defending champion. He defended his title
against former WBC champion Iran Barkley, but lost to
In 1991, he won the WBC super middleweight title with
a knockout in round 4 of defending champion Mauro Galvano.
This time he successfully defended his title against Eubank
with 12 round draw.
Benn's next fight would change his life forever. World
middleweight champion Gerald McClennan was eager to move
up in weight and become two time world champion as Benn
had, and challenged him.
In an eagerly anticipated fight, in which many say both
fought the fight of their lives, McClennan suffered brain
damage and went blind and was paralysed. These tragic
events took all the fighting spirit out of Benn, and after
losing his title to Steve Collins. Since retiring from
boxing, Benn has had a successful career as a DJ and has
become a TV celebrity.