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Nigel Benn says he’s back, son confirms father has signed fight for later this year

The former star fighter from Britain will supposedly be making a comeback at 55.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Nigel Benn, a popular British super middleweight from the 90s, is said to be ending his retirement at age 55 to return to action before the year is out. Benn’s son, Conor, who is an active welterweight fighter, posted this video of his father earlier today.

“20 years [later], I’m back. I’m ready” says Nigel Benn. “One more time. Feel good.”

Conor Benn would also confirm to WBN that his famous father has a fight signed against a former WBC world titleholder who fought as recently as two years ago, although he didn’t say specifically who his father’s opponent would be.

“It’s guaranteed he’s definitely fighting again,” Conor exclusively told World Boxing News. “One hundred million percent. Contracts have been signed.

“The ins and outs I’m not too sure of, or what’s in the contract word for word. But it won’t be with Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren, Top Rank and ESPN or anything like that. It will be a Benn Promotions show.”

Nigel Benn (42-5-1, 35 KOs) is perhaps best known for his rivalry with Chris Eubank Sr. since their fighting days, but hasn’t fought since consecutive stoppage losses to Steve Collins back in 1996. And should all of this actually come off as it’s being suggested, I see absolutely nothing that could go wrong here.

Conor says his father should be holding a formal press conference in about two weeks time, at which point they’ll begin a formal training camp together.

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