Scottish Daily Mail

It was so nearly Benn-Eubank III

- RIATH ALSAMARRAI

NIGEL BENN has re­vealed just how close he was to a third fight with arch-ri­val Chris Eubank, claim­ing they could have made up to £10mil­lion each for an ex­tra­or­di­nary grudge re­match. Talks started over the bout three years ago but the history of dif­fi­cult re­la­tions be­tween the two iconic faces of Bri­tish box­ing could not be over­come. Benn, 51, claims there were back­ers from Dubai, Manch­ester and Ire­land who were ready to in­vest heav­ily in re-run­ning one of the most fa­mous du­els in sport. Eubank, now 49, won by stop­page in their first fight in 1990 — Wed­nes­day will mark the 25th an­niver­sary of the bout — be­fore a con­tro­ver­sial draw was awarded for the 1993 re­match at Old Traf­ford, which many felt Benn had won. Or­gan­is­ers had hoped to stage a tril­ogy fight in March 2016, but Benn is adamant the match is now off. He told Sports­mail: ‘Peo­ple don’t know it but al­most ev­ery­thing was in place. But have you met Chris? ‘We had back­ers from Dubai, Manch­ester, Ire­land — we would make £5m to £10m each, ev­ery­thing split evenly. Not one word of a lie. ‘We spent three bloody years talk­ing. But Chris is im­pos­si­ble.’

 ?? REX­MAILPIX ?? First blood: Eubank (right) beats Benn in Birm­ing­ham in 1990
REX­MAILPIX First blood: Eubank (right) beats Benn in Birm­ing­ham in 1990
 ??  ?? Bad blood: Benn taunts his big ri­val
Bad blood: Benn taunts his big ri­val

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