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Smoking, drugs, dark places and faith – Nigel Benn had to return

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British legend Nigel Benn has explained further his need to make a comeback at the ripe old age of 55, a full 23 years after his last bout.

It’s official, the former WBC & WBO World Champion will return to the ring one last time for CLOSURE.

The event will be held on the 23rd November 2019 at Resorts World Arena, located in the National Exhibition Centre, Perimeter Rd, Birmingham, England.

The event will be broadcast globally upon the Epicentre.TV broadcast platform on Nigel’s own channel: WWW.Epicentre.TV/Nigel-Benn

So why is he returning to the ring?

Nigel Benn returns

“This one is for me and has been many years in the making. My return to the ring is an itch I need to scratch,” revealed Benn.

“Looking back at my career I feel I cheated myself. Even though I accomplished so much, I was walking on the dark side; cheating, taking recreational drugs at parties and smoking weed.

“Starting at eight years old, I smoked cigarettes throughout my entire career! Towards the end of my career my life was out of control.

“When I hit my lowest point, I attempted to take my own life. By reconnecting with my faith, I have made the changes needed and now live a blessed life in Australia with my beautiful wife Carolyne and three of my eight wonderful kids.

“I want my return to the ring to demonstrate to anyone who is struggling that no matter how low you feel and no matter how bad things get there is always hope, there are people that can help you and you can always make the change to be a better version of yourself.”


Nigel will face former WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Sakio Bika who is 15 years Nigel’s Junior.

Sakio Bika is one of the toughest boxers of the last two decades. Furthermore, in his 20-year career, Sakio has never been stopped and has taken undefeated boxing superstars Joe Calzaghe and Andre Ward the distance, giving them the hardest night of their lives.

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