Collins could face ‘Benjamin Button’ in Ireland
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.