Boxing legend Nigel Benn is set to make a remarkable return to professional boxing in November.
Benn, 55, shared a video on his official Instagram page on Friday showing him training ahead of a comeback, ended with him stating: “20 years. I’m back. I’m ready. One more time. I feel good. See you soon.”
According to Sportsmail , his astonishing return to professional boxing is genuine – and he is slated to step into the ring on November 23 at the Resort World Arena in Birmingham.
They claim Benn will fight a one-off 12-rounder as a light-heavyweight, with a press conference planned provisionally for late next week once he lands back in Britain after travelling from his home in Australia.
Benn, who last fought back in 1996, has previously been tipped to face a rematch with old rival Chris Eubank Sr, but it is claimed his opponent will be a 40-year-old former WBC world champion.
As a result, signs point to Sakio Bika, the super-middleweight champion between 2013 and 2014 who last fought in October 2017 and made his debut four years after Benn retired.
Bika was formerly an opponent of Joe Calzaghe and won his two most recent fights, bouncing back from a defeat to Adonis Stevenson in a light-heavyweight world title fight as recently as 2015.
Benn, 25 years older than his potential opponent, suffered back-to-back defeats to Steve Collins in his last two fights but could now be set to step into the ring one last time over two decades later.
It is claimed he has held informal discussions with the British Boxing Board of Control but could see the fight sanctioned by the British and Irish Boxing Authority if he is not granted a BBBoC licence.
Talks with Eubank, Benn’s preferred opponent, have failed to amount to anything after a number of years, whilst discussions with Collins and Roy Jones Jr are also said to have been held.
Sportsmail claim Jones Jr was offered £500,000 for the fight but turned down the chance to come out of retirement as Benn pushes on with plans regardless.