Collins could face ‘Ben­jamin But­ton’ in Ire­land

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GENERAL - Bernard O’neill

The Box­ing Union of Ire­land (BUI) would con­sider an ap­pli­ca­tion for the li­cence for a Steve Collins ver­sus Nigel Benn fight, ac­cord­ing to its pres­i­dent Mel Chris­tle.

Collins and Benn, with a com­bined age of 105, have agreed to meet again — 21 years af­ter Collins beat the Lon­doner in WBO su­per­mid­dleweight fights — with Benn ex­pect­ing a date for Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber.

Collins (52), who owns a farm out­side of Lon­don, has made no pre­tence about why he wants a re­match.

“It’s just about money, a pay­day which will al­low me to buy some more land. I have no prob­lem for Nigel,” said Collins who re­tired in 1997 with a ca­reer record of 36 wins from 39 fights.

“I get med­i­cals every year and the most impressive part is my MRI. ‘Ex­cel­lent’ was how the neu­ro­sur­geon de­scribed it. I’m very healthy and very fit.”

Pre­vi­ously nick­named the “Dark De­stroyer”, Benn has now taken to call­ing him­self Ben­jamin But­ton, the fic­tional char­ac­ter who be­comes younger in ap­pear­ance as he ages.

“I am Nigel ‘Ben­jamin But­ton’ Benn. I asked him (Collins) if he wants to fight. He said yes. No muck­ing about,” said Benn who re­tired af­ter a sec­ond de­feat to Collins in 1996.

If the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol refuse them a li­cence, they’ll seek a li­cence from abroad. “If any ap­pli­ca­tion (for a li­cence) is made it will be con­sid­ered,” said BUI chief Chris­tle.

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