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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.
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.
Nigel Benn’s Book:
Nigel Benn – The Dark Destroyer
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Nigel Benn v Pat O’Keeffe kickboxing
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Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (short story)
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Romans Chapter 6 verse 1
The Lion King (film)
People mentioned in this episode:
Conor Nigel Benn
Sugar Ray Seales
Gennady Gennadyuvich Golovkin (Triple G)