Nigel Benn – The Dark Destroyer – London Real

Nigel Benn – The Dark Destroyer

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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Jochem Westerhof

Great interview !

Steven Spencer



I feel closer to god. Thank you nige

Oretta Norris

My favouite interview. Well done Brian.

Andy De Wulf

Fantastic interview another great guest, thank you Brian.


Love you Nigel great guy


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


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


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.


It doesn’t play on my phone Samsung Note.

Isaiah Williams

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.


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

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


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


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Ruggie Bawa

Nigel Benn would woop Chris today, just saying

Travis White

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


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.

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