On February 25, 1995, Gerald McClellan and Nigel Benn waged one of boxing’s most memorable, dramatic and tragic fights, at the New London Arena in London, England- it forever changed both mens’ lives.
Stopped in the 10th round after a titanic battle, Gerald suffered a blood clot on the brain, which required extensive surgery and he was left permanently affected due to this severe injury.
Twenty years later, the former world middleweight champion, now aged 47, remains under the 24-hour a day care of his devoted Sister Lisa, proving Truly Great Champions run in the McClelland Family! Gerald is blind, cannot walk without assistance, and he has suffered with a colon ailment related to his nervous system, which was permanently affected by his final boxing match.
“It’s at a plateau,” Lisa McClellan said of her brother’s health conditon, during a recent interview. “It’s not got any better but it’s not got any worse. He’s maintaining good health. He feeds himself and bathes himself. He talks on the phone when people call. He loves visitors and company.”
McClellan also remembers his boxing career, with the exception of the Benn fight, though a reunion with Benn in England in 2007 did provide some closure for the two warriors.
And while it’s an anniversary that is both bitter and sweet, on Saturday, March 28, Lisa McClellan will present “An Evening Honoring the G-Man” at the Masonic Temple Ballroom in Freeport, Illinois, with proceeds going to help with Gerald’s medical bills, medication, and the costs of the event.
Several boxing luminaries are expected to be in attendance. There will also be dinner, dancing, a live band and a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. The Masonic Temple is located at 305-315 Stephenson Street in Freeport, Illinois.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the event and to aid Gerald at: http://www.gofundme.com/n4hjic
Tickets, priced at $100, may also be purchased through this page. Please note that you are purchasing an event ticket when you make your donation.
For more information, contact Lisa McClellan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax-deductible contributions to the Gerald McClellan Trust Fund and ticket purchases can also be made by sending a check or money order (made out to the Gerald McClellan Trust) to:
Gerald McClellan Trust
839 East Wyandotte Street
Freeport, IL 61032