Nigel Benn versus Chris Eubank

There has seldom been such an electric crowd as the one present at Birmingham’s NEC for the middleweight showdown between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank on November 18th, 1990. Benn was the toast of the British sporting world, coming off an explosive upset of Iran Barkley. Eubank was a much maligned boxer, possessingincredible skill and the arrogance to accompany it. It’s an oft heard expression in boxing circles that styles make fights and this showdown was another example. Benn’s explosive KO power was matched against Eubank’s sublime counter and combination punching. After the fight both men give emotional interviews and showcase the kind of respect two enemies gain for each other after they’ve gone into battle with one another. This is just the remedy to the embarassment which David Haye and Dereck Chisora have brought upon British boxing.

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