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50-somethings Steve Collins and Nigel Benn agree rematch 21 years on

The pair are reportedly set to come out of retirement for a one-off bout later this year.

Collins and Benn in the ring back in 1996.
Collins and Benn in the ring back in 1996.
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THEY MAY HAVE retired in the 1990s, but Steve Collins and Nigel Benn look set to make a surprise return to the ring.

Irish boxing legend Collins, 52, and Londoner Benn, a year his senior, faced off twice back in 1996 as the Dubliner successfully defended his WBO super-middleweight title on both occasions at the Manchester Arena.

Former WBO middleweight and the WBC super-middleweight champion Benn hung up his gloves immediately after their second fight, while Collins added two more victories to his record before calling it a day.

According to the BBC, the middle-aged pair — who both have sons involved in professional boxing these day — have agreed to meet a third time later this year. The details have yet to be agreed but it is expected to take place in October or November.

The report adds that they will look to obtain a boxing licence overseas if the British Boxing Board of Control decides against granting them one.

It’s about the final chapter,” Benn said. “It’s about closure.

I was going backwards and forwards with Chris [Eubank] and I thought: ‘I wouldn’t have a problem with Steve.’ So I asked him if he wants to fight. He said yes. No mucking about.”

Collins added: “It’s just about money, a payday which will allow me to buy some more land.

“I have no problem for Nigel. I have a lot of respect. I like him.”

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