IN an exclusive, Aus-Boxing sat down with two time world champion Nigel Benn aka ‘The Dark Destroyer’.
Nigel is currently in Australia studying coaching and sports development, assisting at grass roots level with amateur boxers, mentoring Australia’s professional boxers and volunteering at PCYC Blacktown.
Nigel has been working with youth at risk and using his reputation to raise much needed funds for the charity.
“I love Australia its one of the best countries I have been to,” Benn said in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing. “We all love being here. The whole family loves being here and that’s one thing I like, just being here with my family.”
Nigel is one of the greatest boxers that Britain has produced and has recently been named alongside Joe Calzaghe as the World Boxing Council’s greatest super middleweight champion of all time. His image will now appear on the sixth generation belt alongside the king of boxing Muhammad Ali.
“Wow, the best super middleweight in the world by WBC, in history,” Benn continued. “Those sort of things you don’t even dream of – I’m over the moon.”
Nigel was inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame in 2013. Nigel amassed an incredible career record of 42-5-1 (35 KOs), which at one point saw him undefeated in twenty-two professional contests all by knock out.
Nigel has held both the WBO middleweight and WBC super middleweight world titles.
He has held and successfully defended the WBC super middleweight world title more than any other professional boxer in history. That belt is currently held by Australian Sakio Bika who will be defending it for the second time in August against undefeated American Anthony Dirrell.
Nigel has been mentoring and training with Sakio over the past year and the pair have become great friends.
“It’s not just about fighting, I want to encourage other boxers (to make the right choices),” he said. “It’s about mentoring outside the ring as well.”
Nigel is a strong supporter of Australian boxing at all levels and hopes his experiences and guidance will help others to reach their potential.
“I think there are so many talented boxers in Australia but they don’t get the recognition.”
Nigel is an ambassador for PCYC and a regularly volunteer for the organisation training and mentoring its members to participate in healthy activities and make positive life choices.
“God just moved me in that direction,” Benn explained. “Some kids have absent fathers, so you want to try and be a father figure.”
“If they’re in the gym they are not out there fighting, if they’re in the gym they are not out selling drugs, if they’re in the gym they are not out they’re getting drunk.”
Nigel has used his celebrity to raise funds for the charity through PCYC initiatives, auctions and running the City to Surf.
“We raised money for PCYC when we did the run and it was an honor to run the City to Surf (As a PCYC Ambassador),” he continued.
Nigel will again be assisting PCYC to raise much needed funds through Team Benn at this years City to Surf in August.
Help Nigel Benn to assist PCYC and join Team Benn.
Watch the video below:
If you would like to support a good cause and run for Team Benn in the City to Surf on Sunday 10th August 2014, you can register for the race at:
Register for Race – http://www.city2surf.com.au/enter/entry-details/
Once you have registered for the event you can sign up to run with Team Benn and raise charitable funds for PCYC by clicking on the link below:
Join Team Benn – https://city2surf2014.everydayhero.com/au/NorthSydneyPCYC
If you just want to contribute to a great cause you can ‘Give Now’ by clicking on the following link’:
Donate – https://city2surf2014.everydayhero.com/au/pcyc-blacktown-nigel-benn
Words/Video: Calum Stewart
Photos: Warren Clark