Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn want to settle unfinished business as they are now in talks over the third installment of their colourful rivalry.
The two boxing greats are on the brink of reaching a deal for a rematch that is 25 years in the making. According to multiple reports, the announcement regarding their unlikely return could be made as early as next week, but both fighters need to convince the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) first that they are still in condition to fight.
1990 Nigel Benn/Chris Eubank fight #OTD @WorldBoxingOrg Middleweight title. Eubank stopped Benn at the end of round 9 @BoxingHistory @BoxingMonthlyED @ChrisEubank @NigelGBenn @ConorNigel pic.twitter.com/G9Xwz0O5rJ
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Back in the early 90’s, the boxing legends clashed in a pair of classic fights. Eubank drew first blood in their rivalry as he won their first encounter with a round-nine stoppage.
Three years after, the two collided once again, and this time, it was much bigger as more than 17 million Brits tuned in to witness the fight, dubbed as “Judgement Day” while over 40000 fans were in attendance at Old Trafford. The highly-anticipated rematch ended in a draw after the judges scored 115–113 Eubank, 114–113 Benn, and 114–114.
Earlier this year, Eubank recalled this experience and shared that it was their authenticity that caught the attention of boxing fans.
“We were well aware that bad blood creates big audiences. But what holds the audience is authenticity. Both of us were the real thing. The public knows it when they see it.”
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) November 18, 2018
25 years after their last showdown, Eubank and Benn want a conclusion to their intense rivalry. Eubank is looking to reassert his mastery over the two-weight world champion while Benn is itching to score his first victory over his former tormentor.
With their two previous fights being a huge success, sources said that the trilogy will be a money-spinning bout. The only obstacle seen in staging this fight is the BBBC. Both fighters need to convince the board that they are still in shape to be able to acquire a license. But if the BBBC denies them a licence, other avenues will be considered to sanction the fight.
According to a source close to Benn, an announcement about this intriguing match-up could be made as early as next week.
“This fight has been in the making for three and a half years, on and off, on and off. Nigel is travelling to Spain this week to do a Q&A and he will be making a big announcement.”
‘The Dark Destroyer’ has expressed his desire to return a few months ago after he called out the current WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion, Steve Collins. Meanwhile, the former super-middleweight kingpin, Eubank Snr, reportedly became a member of the United States police force.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Chris Eubank Snr. and Nigel Benn)