hollywood Nigel Benn will fight Sakio Bika in Birmingham on 23 November

Nigel Benn will fight Sakio Bika in Birmingham on 23 November

Old world champion Nigel Benn likened himself to Benjamin Button as he confirmed he’ll attain out of retirement on the age of 55.

Briton Benn, who closing fought in 1996, acknowledged the bout with ex-world champion Sakio Bika in Birmingham on 23 November will give him „closure“.

„I tell the time is only now. It be nothing to complete with age,“ Benn acknowledged.

But ex-world champion Richie Woodhall advised BBC Sport: „I alarm for him. I genuinely hope it would now not attain spherical.“

„After I turned into as soon as boxing, you do now not genuinely realise however you appear to be worrying, stiff, hard, and punches soar off you. You change into proof in opposition to punches.

The 51-year-used added: „I defend fit and work out on the earn twice per week, doing 10 rounds a session no bid the least bit.

„I will be succesful of work at a high tempo however I am so relaxed, I couldn’t take a punch off any individual.“

Asked if he could maybe withstand the form of punches now that he felt when a success the sector large-middleweight title in 1998, Woodhall advised the 5 Dwell Boxing Podcast: „Completely no draw.

„That is what I alarm about with Nigel extra than something. He could maybe feel he can take the shots however whereas you web within the ring with 10ouncesgloves and you are hit, it’s serious stuff.“

BBC Radio 5 Dwell boxing analyst Steve Bunce acknowledged a 23-year rupture after a profession before returning to the sport made for „unpleasant cocktail“.

‚Benjamin Button Benn‘

Benn has supported his undefeated son Conor at ringside in most modern years

Benn won the middleweight and huge-middleweight world titles all the draw in which through a profession through which he won 42, lost five and drew one in every of his 48 fights.

Promoter Frank Warren and up-to-the-minute world large-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders have criticised Benn’s resolution to attain support out of retirement.

But at a London records conference, Benn – nicknamed the ‚Unlit Destroyer‘ all the draw in which through his profession – likened himself to the fictional Hollywood movie personality who purchased youthful with age.

„It be no longer the ‚Unlit Destroyer‘ as a end result of all the pieces synonymous with that name is no longer who I am,“ Benn acknowledged.

„Now it’s Nigel ‚Benjamin Button‘ Benn – the older I web, the healthier I am and I 100% mean that. I am so fit.

„It be been an extended time coming. This fight is all about me. It wasn’t monetary; it turned into as soon as the least bit times about closure that I wished that I never had.

„I suffered with pretty a pair of issues in my lifestyles from a young age, from 1972 when my brother died – the damage of my brother – which I carried through to my adult lifestyles.

„On the age of eight, I started smoking cigarettes to 41, I started doing ecstasy, smoking spliffs all in favour of the length of my profession, however suffered with despair.

„There is no longer one fight that I went through that I didn’t endure with. It turned into as soon as bugging me. I put no longer tournament believe I turned into as soon as at my simplest, I put no longer know the draw I purchased that a ways.“

The fight with 40-year-used Australian Bika will be licensed by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA), in method of the British Boxing Board of Purchase watch over (BBBofC).

A BIBA doctor acknowledged Benn turned into as soon as fit to fight and that tests point out his physiological age is „as a minimum 15 years youthful“ than his accurate age.

Bika held the WBC world large-middleweight title as no longer too long ago as 2014 and closing fought in 2017.

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