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12-01-2005, 04:26 PM
Boxing Legend Biofile: Nigel Benn
By Scoop Malinowski

STATUS: Former WBC Super Middleweight champ.

BORN ON: Jan. 22, 1964 IN: Ilford, London.

RESIDENCE: Majorca, Spain (via Beckingham, Kent).

FAMILY: Wife Carolyne; sons, Conor, Dominic, daughters, Sade, Renee, India.

CHILDHOOD HEROES: Mike Tyson, Marvin Hagler and Bruce Lee. I love martial arts. I did martial arts for six years.

NICKNAMES: The Dark Destroyer, The Mean Machine, Nigel "Rambo" Benn, The English Hagler, Mr. Punch.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Going to church. Christian counselor. Training my two cousins. Music, deejaying.

CHILDHOOD DREAM: To be somebody. I knew I was going to be somebody. My mom wanted me to become a chef.

EARLY BOXING MEMORY: Back in the Army in Germany, I stopped a guy when he broke his hand on the top of my head (age 18).

FIRST JOB(S): In the Army, labourer and security guard.

FUNNY BOXING MEMORY: Doug DeWitt fight in 1990 in Atlantic City. DeWitt walked over to me in the ring and said, 'You're going down.' I replied, 'I might be going down, but you're STAYING down!'

PRE-FIGHT MEAL: Fish and rice or fish and pasta. Half a jar of honey. Very good for you. Gets in your blood real quick.

PRE-FIGHT FEELING: Confident. I knew I trained two and sometimes three times a day. I knew my body was ready for the fight. The hard part was the training, the fight is the easy part. I was good at peaking for the night of the fight. I never had any fear of my opponents. I was nervous, but never afraid.

TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Gerald McClellan. Robbie Sims was the strongest. Stronger than (Chris) Eubank and (Michael) Watson. I had to watch out for his body punching. Nicky Piper was able to absorb heavy punches. Henry Wharton was one of my toughest fights. I never came out of the ring as bruised as I had after that fight. I had to undergo hospital checks on my kidneys.

HARDEST PUNCHER: Gerald McClellan. Man, I didn't know where I was. I didn't know a guy could hit that hard. Knocked me straight through the ropes in the first round. And in the third round he hit me with a body shot. I never felt a body shot like that before.

CLOSEST BOXING FRIENDS: I try to stay away from boxers.

GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT: Whipping Doug DeWitt for the WBO Middleweight title. Three knockdowns in the 8th round. I'd never seen a man take so much pain. DeWitt saved every punch with his face. Both his eyes were split. His ear was so smashed it turned blue. My eye was split as well. And I broke my wrist with the very last punch of the fight, a left hook.

MOST PAINFUL MOMENT: The McClellan fight. Inflicting that kind of damage does something to you. I'd wanted to win, sure. But not at that price. On that night, my heart went out of boxing.

BIGGEST REGRETS: Looking back, I had a pretty full career. 14 years, starting in Germany in the fall of 82. I won every tournament I was in- in the Army, I was number one in Europe in the Army. I was supposed to turn professional in 1985 but I had some unfinished business with Rod Douglas, I reversed my only loss the following year and even turned down an opportunity to turn professional on a Tyson undercard at MSG (Madison Square Garden) so that I could win the ABA's. I knocked out my first 21 opponents, picked up the commonwealth cup and made a name for myself. I won two world titles, my overhand right smash took Iran Barkley and Gerald McClellan to their knees in title defences. So what I'm saying is I'm just happy that I did something with my life, happy that I put something into boxing, you know most of my childhood friends are either dead or in jail. You know?


FAVOURITE TV SHOWS: Discovery Channel, learning about history. Game shows, The Price is Right,
Wheel of Fortune, The Pyramids.

MUSICAL TASTES: Garage music.


FAVOURITE BOXERS: Mike Tyson. I really love that guy. My type of guy. Not so much his out of ring conduct. I met him in Las Vegas during Leonard-Duran III, at a club. He was sitting down. He knew of me. Outside, I was acting real cool. Inside, I was excited, Wow, I just met my hero! Love him to death.

12-01-2005, 04:27 PM
Boxing Biofile: Steve Collins
By Scoop Malinowski

STATUS: Former two-weight world boxing champion

BORN ON: 21st of July in Ireland YEAR: 64


FAMILY: I've got a big family

CHILDHOOD HEROES: Rocky movies. My boxing family. My Uncle Terry as an amateur beat Reggie Kray and Brendan Ingle back in the old days. My Dad was a boxer too. And my Uncle Jack was a good one.

NICKNAMES: The Celtic Warrior, 'Irish' Steve Collins, Stevie.


CHILDHOOD DREAM: Heavyweight champion of the world. But my main goal when I was a kid was to eventually become Irish champion like my Uncle Jack, I mean in the seniors (amateurs).

EARLY BOXING MEMORY: Punching myself out in the first 30 seconds or so. I was a fat boy and I almost died. I was like maybe eight years old and I think it was my first fight.

FIRST JOB: Worked at the Guinness brewery when I left school.

FUNNY BOXING MEMORY: Freaking out Eubank (laughs). McChris McEubank (laughs). I got into his head and played with it (laughs).

PRE-FIGHT MEAL: I'd eat bowls of pasta after the weigh-in. I used to starve myself to make weight.

PRE-FIGHT FEELING: Looking forward to it, happy. My problem was I wanted to spar, spar, spar in the gym and not work on anything, just fight, fight, fight. So when fight time came around, boy I was happy about that. Yeah I was happy you see. You know something, when I stop him or when the 12 rounds are up then that's like the come-down. It's upsetting. So I was happy about the fight (laughs). I was more nervous about the fight being over than getting in there and fighting (laughs).

TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Eubank by far. Go past the monocles and the canes and the riding boots and you have a tough, tough, tough man who was born into a South London ghetto and had to fight and steal to survive in his younger days.

HARDEST PUNCHER: Nigel Benn by far. It was like he had bricks in his gloves, but the pain was gone in a split second.

CLOSEST BOXING FRIENDS: Well, my brother Paschal if that counts?

GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT: Eubank on St Patricks Day, quite obviously. That was right up there with Barry's (McGuigan) win over Pedroza as far as legendary nights for Irish boxing. That was a memorable night at Mill Street. Best night of my life.

MOST PAINFUL MOMENT: Nigel Benn's punches.

BIGGEST REGRETS: My biggest regret was out of my hands really, I tried everything to get Roy Jones into the ring with me but nothing worked. So put down my biggest regret as not busting Roy Jones' eardrums. I'd rather fight Roy Jones than Roy Keane, atleast Keane has guts.


FAVOURITE TV SHOWS: (laughs) Coronation Street because my mate Keith Duffy (laughs).

MUSICAL TASTES: Oh, alsorts. From David Bowe to Frank Sinatra.


FAVOURITE BOXERS: Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler. I am a friend of Marvin Hagler's.

12-01-2005, 04:28 PM
I am a little upset that you constantly post concerning the same fighters, pleaseeeeeeeeeeee could you once, for a joke if you will, detail a post refferin, Eubank, Colins,g to a fighter who is not benn, Eubank, Collins, Watson, Close, Brown...actually, post something about a fighter who isn't british!

!!! Beowulf !!!
12-01-2005, 04:37 PM
Ok, i've tried to hide it, but i feel that it is now impossible. Juy Juy: I am actually Nigel Benn and if you don't stop with all this twisted fascination with me, that Irish bloke and Mr Monocles i'll come over to your abode and darkly destroy you with my dark wand of destruction.

****! That came out all wrong. :eek:

12-01-2005, 04:43 PM
I enjoyed the read.... so good post JJ.

!! Anorak
12-01-2005, 05:47 PM
spam .

!! Anorak
12-01-2005, 06:18 PM

Does this tell you something, JuyJuy? (See also: 90% of your threads)

12-03-2005, 03:57 AM
Interesting read.

11-19-2008, 02:56 PM

Terry A
11-19-2008, 05:31 PM
Thanks for posting those bios. I like a Q&A type read, rather than a story.

Wish that every great fighter, upon retirement, filled out something like this listing his toughest opponants, best punchers, greatest moments, etc.
Interesting stuff.