View Full Version : Nigel Benn talking about mid-late 80's middle's


Gregster
01-14-2006, 05:59 AM
By this time I was itching for a title fight, I just wanted to fight every night and knock everybody out, impatient for a place on the world ratings list which only my idols, Mike Tyson, who was number one heavyweight and WBC, WBA and IBF champion, and Marvin Hagler, number one middleweight, appeared. The middleweight list gave me most of my targets. At that time, the 15 top fighters were were Marvin Hagler (USA), Thomas Hearns (USA), Sumbu Kalambay (Italy), Frank Tate (USA), Mike Nunn (USA), Mike McCallum (Jamaica), Michael Olajide (Canada), Herol Graham (England), Chong Pal Park (Korea), Lindell Holmes (USA), Robbie Sims (USA), Donald Lee (USA), Tony Sibson (England) and Roberto Duran (Panama). I wanted to see the name Nigel Benn in the number one slot. I just knew I could live with them all, including Hagler and Hearns, but I was still a novice pro.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 05:59 AM
Thomas Hearns was a legend, one of the all- time greats. I said I loved to watch him fight when I was a kid but I reckoned he would be about the easiest to beat because you can't go on forever, no matter how good you are.

Sumbu Kalambay - I said he was the best of the three world champions although he'd been around a long time without anybody taking much notice. I knew of him. I sparred him and Donald Curry in France back in the Army, and watched them spar eachother, it was on the same night Marvin Hagler fought Mustafa Hamsho. He beat me and he beat Curry, who at the time was one of the best pro fighters in the world. He beat Herol Graham by a mile when he 30 and gave boxing lessons to top fighters in Iran Barkley, Mike McCallum, Robbie Sims and Doug DeWitt. I said if anyone wanted to call themselves a true world champion, he's the man they had to beat.

Iran Barkley - I fought him in America but, before then, I thought he was probably the strongest middleweight in the world. However, even though he was the WBC champion, I believed he was the weakest of the world's leading fighters in the division. He had knocked Tommy Hearns spark out, but the way his chin was then, so could anybody. Barkley's weakness was that he wasn't much of a technician. I think the Hearns fight lowered my rating of Barkley, because he got battered from pillar to post.

Roberto Duran I rated for his achievements. He was an idol to so many young fighters and was still going for another world title at the age of 37. He was still one of the most feared opponents in the world.

Michael Nunn was to be a future opponent and was then possibly one of the best middleweight fighters. I said at the time that he deserved to be IBF champion because he was such a good all-round fighter and the fittest middleweight in the world.


(all from Benn's book)

Gregster
01-14-2006, 06:18 AM
(more from Benn's book)

One of the best things to happen to me was meeting my idols Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson, as well as all the other top international boxers. This was at an awards ceremony in Las Vegas in 1988 where I'd picked up an award as best overseas boxer. Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns were also there.
Marvin wanted me to meet his girlfriend and he came over and introduced her. I couldn't believe this was happening. It was great. He told her that I was the next great middleweight.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 07:58 AM
(from an interview)

At 24 years of age, I had the world at my feet. I had everything a young man could ever wish for - fame, fast cars, a beautiful woman, two children, property and thousands of adoring fans. I had knockout power in both hands, and was rated as a top-five contender in all three sanctioning bodies. And to think, I could of turned pro a couple of years earlier when I came out of the Army and if I did that might of been an all-time great by the time I was 25. Michael Watson was a fellow Londoner who had turned pro a few years earlier than me but never held any titles and had no big names on his record. As undefeated Commonwealth middleweight champion, I had 22 wins under my belt and Michael Nunn had made an offer of 3 million to fight me. Nunn had just knocked out Sumbu Kalambay in 88 seconds in Las Vegas. Now, knocking Michael Watson clean out live on American TV was a full-gone conclusion to me and would of made the Nunn fight huge. You have to put yourself in the position I was in, I had beaten every man I'd ever shared a ring with, amateur or pro, and had a 100% knockout ratio. Then you tend to realise how I became complacent and under-estimated Watson.

supaduck
01-14-2006, 08:02 AM
Yes, I think he could have won that fight had he trained harder and fought better, but the point is he didn't.

!! Anorak
01-14-2006, 08:52 AM
boxing history forum.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 01:08 PM
Yes, I think he could have won that fight had he trained harder and fought better, but the point is he didn't.
Good point.

!! AI-Holmes!!
01-14-2006, 01:18 PM
boxing history forum.
Good point.

Londonerzz
01-14-2006, 01:23 PM
wasnt jujuy banned?

!!! Beowulf !!!
01-14-2006, 01:25 PM
wasnt jujuy banned?

Yes. Unfortunately he has a bunch of other accounts now.

TheEvilSaint
01-14-2006, 01:27 PM
go away JUYJUY, you were banned for a reason.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 01:28 PM
wasnt jujuy banned?
**** you with your anti-Benn tripe.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 01:29 PM
go away JUYJUY, you were banned for a reason.
What, because he exposed Scully with Scully's alt account? **** off.

TheEvilSaint
01-14-2006, 01:30 PM
**** you with your anti-Benn tripe.
JUYJUY, you were banned for a reason and a very good one.

go away. get a life. go away and never come back.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 01:31 PM
JUYJUY, you were banned for a reason and a very good one.

go away. get a life. go away and never come back.
TheEvilSaint, you are a troll. All a mod has to do is look through all your posts compared to JUYJUY's.

TheEvilSaint
01-14-2006, 01:33 PM
TheEvilSaint, you are a troll. All a mod has to do is look through all your posts compared to JUYJUY's.
i never flooded any forum with bull**** threads about fighters that no1 knows about or cares about.

dont you ever compare me to that jackass JUYJUY. last time i checked, the biggest difference between me a JUYJUY (among many many others) is i am still here.

OWNAGE!!!

Londonerzz
01-14-2006, 01:35 PM
**** you with your anti-Benn tripe.

erm.....my Muslims brother....in the above when did i write anything anti-Benn??

please respond with sumting relevant and intelligent. I have not said anything anti benn.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 01:36 PM
fighters that no1 knows about or cares about.
Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank are the two most well-known British boxers ever, and super-famous in the UK. You show yourself up, what you said is absolutely ridiculous and just not true.

TheEvilSaint
01-14-2006, 01:37 PM
Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank are the two most well-known British boxers ever, and super-famous in the UK. You show yourself up, what you said is absolutely ridiculous and just not true.
get off benn and eubank JUYJUY. you were banned for a reason and a very good one.

go away.

Gregster
01-14-2006, 01:38 PM
Look through JUYJUY's posts and then look through TheEvilSaint's posts.

TheEvilSaint
01-14-2006, 01:39 PM
Look through JUYJUY's posts and then look through TheEvilSaint's posts.
im not a senseless nuthugger who constantly floods the forums with threads full of info that nobody cares about.

!! Anorak
01-14-2006, 01:46 PM
Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank are the two most well-known British boxers ever, and super-famous in the UK. You show yourself up, what you said is absolutely ridiculous and just not true.

Description of the Global Boxing Forum:
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Discuss happenings, events and fighters pertaining to the rest of the world. (Anything that is outside of the United States)

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Discuss the history of the sport and the boxers that made the sport.

I suspect it's the "14 viewing" in both, instead of "145 viewing" that gets JuyJuy spamming his **** in the wrong sections... he's an attention whore. Never mind that at least 140 of those people AREN'T logging for YET ANOTHER thread about Benn, Eubank et al.

Oh and JuyJuy - if someones says they don't wanna read another ****ing thread about those guys, it DOESN'T mean they're insulting the boxers themselves... just you and your SPAM.

!! Anorak
01-14-2006, 01:54 PM
wasnt jujuy banned?

Can you believe the guy's got the cheek to post under new names?

Let's remember what BBP said:

Spamming the NSB boards with history posts was only the half, the other was stalking and cursing out John Scully for the last couple of days. Scully, very active in the business, is more than kind enough to come on here and talk with everyone, and we have guys like juyjuy that harrass him, curse him out and stalk him - for not agreeing with his poor man's logic. And people wonder why other fighters who are members of this board, never post or have intentions of interacting with anyone.

I think well over 4,000 posts of Eubank, Anti-Jones and more Eubank was more than enough for the board. May God have mercy on wherever juyjuy ends up.

Kimmy
01-14-2006, 03:43 PM
I think its funny that Juy Juy reffers to himself in the third person, probably a sign of his autism!