Former middleweight and super middleweight titleholder Nigel Benn has nothing but respect, admiration and genuine affection for Michael Watson, the first man to defeat him in a pro bout, one of Britain’s finest 160 pounders of the 1980s, and a true survivor.
Michael Watson, one of Britain’s best middleweights during the late 1980s, turned 50 today. Though his career came to a tragic end 24 years ago after he fell into a coma following his rematch with Chris Eubank, the London native remains a fighter. Watson spoke to RingTV.com about the best fighters he faced.
Fans share their thoughts and questions on the Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero welterweight clash, the prospect of a Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg showdown, Provodnikov-Matthysse, Canelo-Kirkland, Mayweather-Pacquiao fight week in Las Vegas, mythical matchups and more in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Former middleweight and super middleweight titleholder Nigel Benn spoke to RingTV.com about his tragic ring war with fellow puncher Gerald McClellan, which took place 20 years ago today. Benn spoke about upsetting the favored American and heavy physical and emotional cost of the fight, which permanently injured McClellan.
The animosity between Carl Froch and George Groves, who challenges the respected IBF super middleweight titleholder on Saturday, and the great anticipation for their showdown reminds many fans of the heated all-UK 168-pound championship rivalries of the 1990s.
Nigel Benn, one of Britain’s most savage and accomplished competitors in the late 1980s and ‘90s, remains a popular sports figure in the UK nearly 17 years after his retirement from boxing. RingTV.com recently asked the power-punching former middleweight and super middleweight titleholder to talk about the best opponents he ever faced.
UK middleweight amateur standout Anthony Ogogo says he wants to inspire fans the way Ricky Hatton did, and emulate the success of British middleweights Alan Minter, Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn. The 2012 Olympic medalist turns pro under Amir Khan-Julio Diaz on Saturday.