As you quite rightly suggest, he should have stayed at middleweight. He clearly lost his punch at SM and was too small, he wasn’t even a large middle. Not nearly enough people point these things out and people underestimate him as an historically great puncher because they mix or confuse his largely wasted SM career [IMO – barring Eubank II/McClellan] in with his middleweight years.
In terms of physical size, even McClellan looked ridiculously bigger than Benn did in their fight, and that was his first SM contest. I understand G Man would have been close to 13st on fight night while Benn was always an 11st-11.5st fighter. He deserves props for beating guys way bigger than himself that’s for sure.
The most *violent* middleweight of the era without question, actually made self-styled Pit Bull McClellan (who was overhyped I know) look like a defensive-minded, fancy dan in comparison. Watch their fight and fights in general at 160, violence-wise there’s no comparison. EASILY more aggressive and ferocious.
Cheers.Posted September 17, 2013 1:58 pm
Much Respect to the “Dark Destroyer”. The man could hit like mule. That deep talent pool from 147-168 of the 80’s and 90s made boxing so fun to watch. Nunn tagging Kalambay, Toney decking Nunn, Norris blasting Mugabi, Hearns and Hagler, Ray and Tommy, Tommy putting Duran to sleep..literally..LOL. Curry, McClellan, Jackson, Benitez, Arguello, Mancini. The good ol days.Posted September 20, 2012 5:13 am
Cricket has rules… So does Boxing.Posted September 18, 2012 10:38 am
who cares really! Benn-Barkley was an exciting war. This is boxing, not cricket.Posted September 18, 2012 7:20 am
It washes… I don’t care how nice Benn was out of the ring… Go to YouTube.com and watch his fight with Iran Barkley… You’ll be dumbfounded how dirty and out of control he was.Posted September 17, 2012 8:48 pm
Gotta say benn is one of my favourite fighters ever, I met the fella in Vegas at the Bruno- tyson fight, he bought me and my friends a Drink and chatted to us about west ham united and boxing for half an hour.
face it benn was a beast! in an era of real tough boxers, todays fighters just dont compare, gotta laugh at the quitter stuff and dirty fighter bull, some people spend WAY too much time on here, sad. ie tark, are you a yank!?Posted September 17, 2012 2:39 pm
….”I saw Toney lose almost every round to average Dave Tiberi” … What else is new in Boxing besides bad decisions? Toney broke his ankle in the first round, which he won big. Tiberi didn’t demand a rematch and was never heard from again. Who else did Tiberi ever beat? Toney beat Michael Nunn, Reggie Johnson, Iran Barkley, and Mike McCallum, not a bad middleweight lineup.Posted September 17, 2012 1:10 pm
Benn was the dirtiest fighter who ever stepped into a boxing ring. Besides the 100 or so rabbit punches he hit McCellan with, instead of going to a neutral corner, he fought the referee to smash Iran Barkley as Barkley was pulling himself up off the canvas. Later in the round he hit Barkely a devastating shot when Barkley was down on his hands and knees.. How anybody gets past that without being DQ’d is beyond me.Posted September 17, 2012 12:58 pm
I loved watching Benn fight he was so explosive. Nobody gave Nigel anything he had to fight his way to the top. He was totally robbed in the second fight with Eubank – if he’d rightly been given the win I wonder if the McClellan fight would have taken place. Not suprisingly the McClellan fight seemed to change him and I don’t think he was ever the same – of course things were, and continue to be, so much worse for poor Gerald.Posted September 17, 2012 12:22 pm
I’m not quite sure what side of the fence your on here tbh? I was merely making the point that Benn has aquired the label ‘quitter’ from a number of posters on ESB when it was only ever observed that he ‘quit’ on one occasion! I agree with your rationale when assessing a fighter – one fight doesn’t tell you everything and looking back through Benn’s career will tell you he wasn’t a quitter.Posted September 17, 2012 12:05 pm
i would not like to box big benPosted September 17, 2012 11:24 am
Dont talk out your arse lol ….. Kalambay was never the man. Nunn was the man but only for a short period. Also, neither Toney or Jones were at the weight for long enough to be deemed dominant at the weight. McCallum-v-Watson was a hotly contested fight.Posted September 17, 2012 9:54 am
… and Benn was one of the most murderous punchers ever at middleweight.Posted September 17, 2012 9:51 am
I remember this night …. Benn was the underdog, on foreign soil and tore the title from the Italian. One of Benns best nights.Posted September 17, 2012 9:50 am
Marquis of Queensdingleberry
benn was tough and exciting. now a born again christian, he brings class
benn was magic. that he is now an authentic religious man is beautiful.Posted September 17, 2012 9:37 am
Kalambay lost to a shot Kalule and got KO’d by feather fisted Nunn in 1 round. Hardly the form of a ‘king’. I thought Barkley won five out of 12 rounds against Nunn, and Watson won four out of 10 rounds against McCallum (I saw Eubank out-box Watson with head punches alone). Barkley was shot and Watson was rusty. Let’s not exaggerate. I saw Toney lose almost every round to average Dave Tiberi and have trouble with Tony Thornton. Benn wasn’t a pure boxer or counter-hitter, but he was an extremely dangerous banger and was very very tricky with his lateral head/upper body movement and clearly beat the likes of physical phenonemons Eubank and McClellan at 168. It IS a shame more transatlantic bouts didn’t occur around that weight around that time.Posted September 17, 2012 9:35 am