EXCLUSIVE: Nigel Benn sets Chris Eubank deadline for trilogy fight
British super middleweight legend Nigel Benn has informed WBN of his frustrations as ‘The Dark Destroyer’ attempts to entice old foe Chris Eubank back into the ring for one final fight.
Londoner Benn wants to reignite his rivalry with Eubank 22 years on from the last meeting at Old Trafford and has held talks with the Brighton man about the pair finally nailing down a trilogy clash after all these years.
Eubank holds a victory over Benn from their first meeting back in 1990, before the former world champions battled to a drew three years later amidst a wave of animosity and anticipation in what has been one of the greatest feuds to ever grace a UK ring.
Over two decades later and an intriguing third contest, which is so far 21 months in the making, is in danger of falling apart as Benn wants his final episode with Eubank done and dusted by the spring of 2016.
“We have been talking since November 2013 and Chris only has a couple of months left before I call a halt on things,” Benn exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Like Frank Warren has said in the past; ‘Chris is just hard work’ and I haven’t got time for his stupidity. I came back to England in May and we had a meeting for about four or five hours with his associates, but all I got was a lot of hot air which is usual for Chris.”
Even at 51 years of age, Benn wowed fans and media alike recently in a pad session with Ricky Hatton in Manchester, and despite not fighting since back-to-back reverses against Steve Collins in 1996, the veteran has kept himself busy in the gym on various projects.
Training with fighters like ex and current WBC title holders Sakio Bika and Anthony Mundine in his native Australia, alongside coaching his talented young son Conor, have kept Benn active and physically healthy and the big-puncher hopes a last chance to grace the big stage comes off.
“Look, I am in the best shape of my life and I am not joking. I will not lie to you when I say I am fit and I am fit,” Benn stressed.
“I am willing to put something on YouTube to show how serious I am and let people see just how in shape I am. There’s been no bad habits outside of the ring, plus I have Jesus now in my life. I am super-fit and ready to fight Chris again.”
Asked about possible venues for Eubank III, Benn cited Wales in the UK as an attractive proposition.
“We are looking at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff because it has a roof, hopefully by March as I will not go past that date,” he said.
“When he signs, and if he signs – I am ready,” added Benn.