Nigel Benn – The Dark Destroyer

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Nigel Benn is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1987 to 1996. Nicknamed “The Dark Destroyer” for his formidable punching power and aggressive fighting style, Benn won the WBO middleweight title in 1990; the WBC super-middleweight title in 1992; and the Commonwealth middleweight title in 1988.

00:00 Trailer.
02:50 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:45 Brian’s Introduction.
08:03 Boxing in its heyday.
09:29 Barry McGuigan says Nigel’s a fighter not a boxer.
11:04 Kickboxing prior to boxing.
11:52 Weigh in tactic.
14:52 The state of boxing today.
15:43 The beginning of Nigel’s boxing career and how he’s still looking good.
18:35 Nigel’s fears for his professional boxer son Conor.
23:29 Nigel speaks frankly about drugs, partying and the death of his brother.
28:51 The National Front and racism scene in 1980s London,
33:34 How Chris Eubank winds up Nigel.
38:06 What the Army taught Nigel.
40:04 Training, fighting, partying, womanising and being in a dark place.
52:10 Losing the Ben Watson fight.
58:57 Building up stamina in Miami.
1:06:03 Winning first WBO belt against Doug DeWitt.
1:08:50 Fight against Iran Barkley.
1:11:19 Returning to England to fight Chris Eubank with no game plan.
1:16:24 Dealing with losing the fight.
1:17:03 Winning the WBO Super Middleweight Title.
1:18:56 Financial confidence and a savvy investor wife.
1:20:49 The rematch with Chris Eubank.
1:24:59 Likelihood of another Benn v Eubank fight.
1:28:48 What Nigel thinks of Chris Eubank jnr.
1:31:36 How Nigel’s life has completely changed.
1:35:35 Nigel responds to Eubanks question for him.
1:38:53 Looking back on the Gerald McClellan fight and the aftermath.
1:48:25 Traumatic meeting with Gerald McClellan after 10 years.
1:53:54 How Nigel reacted to the aftermath of the Eubank v Michael Watson fight.
1:56:04 Does seeing the injury to Michael Watson put Nigel off fighting again?
1:57:34 Nigel’s life spirals out of control and he confesses to his wife.
2:12:39 Nigel in tears.
2:17:46 Living a changed life in Australia.
2:23:27 No comparison to his life now with former boxing life.
2:28:54 How Nigel views his future.
2:31:24 What Nigel believes that other people believe is crazy.
2:37:05 Now He’s behind him it is so powerful.
2:38:19 Phone call to the 20 year old Nigel.
2:42:03 Best advice ever received.
2:42:52 Advice to the 20 year old who wants to become a boxer
2:44:15 Brian’s summing up.

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Prince
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I knew Nigel Benn, from when he went to Loxford School, some girl friends from the Vill Crew ( Barkingside) went out with his Brothers. I also met him while I was in the Army serving in Germany, he knew a close friend of my Leon Young, used to Box at Repton Boy’s.AlsoI saw him during his prime in Boxing. This was one of the most compelling interviews I have ever seen. Rocky, Raging Bull on the Water Front all rolled into one. BBC would and could never have held an interview of this quality, because the interviewer would be… Read more »

shauntulloch1295
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shauntulloch1295

Life changing discussion for me, thank you Nigel for being so open and honest. Many significant messages with deep rooted meaning in your discussion, which has impacted me greatly. God bless

And Brian Rose.. London Real is a superb platform – a commodity for those who seek greatness. God is good and I wish continued success with London Real. God bless

IRoaruk
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Great interview. The real Benn coming out here.

ba1974544
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ba1974544

Always loved Nigel Benn, what a great guy. so open, honest and passionate. True Legend, great interview.

clintonharris91930
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clintonharris91930

Brilliant

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

🙂

hammertone88782
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hammertone88782

VIdeo keeps blacking out, very annoying!!

mattiematthews28153
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mattiematthews28153

interviewer is a fucking joke

Dominic Jones
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Emotional interview. Thank you 🙂

whitehammer14712
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whitehammer14712

Oh God that was so good.
I was expecting just a ordinary 20 mins half hour boxer interview but instead I got my heart messed with in a enlightening way.
I will say God bless you Nigel but it goes without saying the Lord is in you.
Brian you are awesome mate.Thank you.

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tomm2148@gmail.com
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tomm2148@gmail.com

Excellent, just excellent. Great work both Brian and Nigel.

Jerry
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Yesterday I was watching your great program on the Greek guy involved with the Crypto Currencies and was searching for part two when I was seemingly directed here. I must say that I am now a subscriber in that I have watched nothing much more real and impressive to me as being a real human truth … an honest and humble truth, with “Him” at the pinnacle of it. I say this because about 25 years ago I too “spoke with …” , I was in my early 50’s then, had lived a life with having received most of what… Read more »

Philip
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Superb interview touching sad at times my brother has just passed away from cancer very similar but different to Nigel’s story,racism is the shame on britain hopefully will die with the last generation,sorry nigel.i see you nigel as a great sports hero people need sport and discipline to keep some balance and direction away from a society of drugs alcohol violence,such memories of you and Chris awesome entertainment and great inspiration sport is so important to a strong character and society.train your self and others in yoga training produces althletic alphawaves know by athletes who break world records yoga creates… Read more »

j
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j

Best 3 hours in a while

Jochem Westerhof
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Great interview !

Steven Spencer
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Excellent!

Valencian
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Valencian

I feel closer to god. Thank you nige

Oretta Norris
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Oretta Norris

My favouite interview. Well done Brian.

Andy De Wulf
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Fantastic interview another great guest, thank you Brian.

dannymac
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dannymac

Love you Nigel great guy

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elliot
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elliot

Nigel Benn was my childhood hero, makes me want to prey again, legend.

valiantvegan
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valiantvegan

What an incredible man. Thank you Jesus for him in the world.

metatrunk
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metatrunk

Luckily it played on my PC…great insight to stuff mostly known if you’re a Benn hard core fan but always good to hear new bits here & there…especially about the McClellan fight..the only fight even I thought Nigel may struggle in.
For me this fight made him a great ; proved years later by the induction to the Hall of Fame.

metatrunk
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metatrunk

It doesn’t play on my phone Samsung Note.
Dissapointing

Isaiah Williams
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Did you redo this interview? Because I watched this a while ago in 2016 and that was good. You made it 10 times better especially with that attention grabbing introduction. Very nice work.

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knobby79
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knobby79

Absolutely brilliant inteview Nigel was my Hero growing up I love to here him speak about his life I watched every min of it very compelling

Joseph Ferguson
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Absolutely amazing! Thank you both- or rather, all!

peter-hill
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Fantastic interview one of the best that you have done to date Brian. Thank You.

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Ruggie Bawa
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Nigel Benn would woop Chris today, just saying

Travis White
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Wow, awesome interview Brian. Such a fascinating story. Keep up the great work 🙂

conrad152
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conrad152

Brian, such a wonderful interview with Nigel Benn. This is typical of so many of your interviews you get to the essences of the man or subject.

Peter Arnolds
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Powerful interview… Thank you

Ashen Phillip
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Best London Real interview yet….Keep um coming!!

Scott Jessop
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So honest. No stone left unturned. Fabulous, ranging and engaging interview. The definitive Nigel Benn interview.
This will stand the test of time. Excellent work.

Parmdeep Singh Puri
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Its unfortunate you cannot stream to a smart tv unlike youtube. Big let down

Nikos Malakas
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Great interview and captivating watch! Especially after the classic Chris Eubank episode. BTW, what is the name of the artist and song that play in the background at the beginning of the video.

punchdrunk
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punchdrunk

Why can’t I watch this? I am registered, is there another level I need to get to, in order to watch this interview?

Julian
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It’s only available to Members until Sunday 8th January

Neal Lyons
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same iv tried on a few browsers now and it just doesnt play

anthony rosbottom
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Just finished watching this. I put this down in my profile as my favorite LR episode. There are episodes with more ‘practical advice’ but the level of emotional vulnerability in this interview just wouldn’t be possible on major network or major cable TV.

Susan
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Susan

This interview brings back many memories as a Londoner growing up in the 90’s! It was such an eye opener to walk through their story.

Pete
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Just watching the dynamics between Brian and Nigel was fascinating! – especially seeing it shift as Nigel described different times in his life. At the beginning I really thought Brian had not got the rapport but as the interview developed that changed as Nigel changed….Wow.

Ian Blueskies
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Loved this interview, I watched all the fights live at the time, I miss those times and characters terribly , boxing has been boring for years now. Watching him in my teenage years, Nigel was without doubt my favourite due to his demeanour, presence and ferocity. Thanks Brian for showing us the gritty, and for me, unknown side of him. I love this guy

Isaiah Williams
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I almost thought I was on Dan Pena’s sight when I returned to this one lol.

ckchenkeren
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It is great. Huge step forward! Keep up the AMAZING job.

Brian Rose
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It’s dope!