Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November

Nigel Benn is proving age is just a number as pictures show the incredible shape he is in ahead of his return to boxing next month.

The 55-year-old will compete for the first time since 1996 when he takes on fellow former world champion Sakio Bika on November 23 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

NINTCHDBPICT000531793444 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
Many have questioned Benn’s decision to return to boxing, but he is taking it seriously and is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations
News Group Newspapers Ltd

Benn has been criticised by a number of big names in the sport, who see his return to the ring at his age as a reckless act of folly.

However, the ex-middleweight and super middleweight world title holder is in better shape than ever before and is ready to defy the odds to win his first fight in 23 years.

Sun Sport’s award-winning photographer Richard Pelham has known Benn for 30 years and followed him around the world in his heyday.

He was invited back into Benn’s training camp this week and captured the British boxing legend’s intense workouts, recreating some famous shots.

Check out some of the incredible snaps below…

NINTCHDBPICT000531735890 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
Benn is in the gym before 7am to start his intense workout
News Group Newspapers Ltd
NINTCHDBPICT000531736033 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
He smashes out 35km in an hour on the bike
News Group Newspapers Ltd
NINTCHDBPICT000531734713 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
His daily sessions include intense weight training
News Group Newspapers Ltd
NINTCHDBPICT000531733977 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
Benn is arguably in the shape of his life
News Group Newspapers Ltd
NINTCHDBPICT000531734485 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
Benn was known as the ‘Dark Destroyer’ in his heyday
News Group Newspapers Ltd

Benn – who lost the last three fights of his professional career – has vowed this will be his final time in the ring and is doing it to make up for mistakes of the past.

He said: “The Dark destroyer is dead, gone.

“He took drugs, he cheated on his wife. No more, I must not be known as that.

“It’s not about age. I’m in training all the time, I’ve got army discipline.

“My timing is good, my fitness levels now are through the roof. But this is my last fight, no more after this.”

NINTCHDBPICT000531735891 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
How Benn looked in 1993 ahead of a fight against Chris Eubank
News Group Newspapers Ltd
NINTCHDBPICT000531791825 - Nigel Benn pictured in incredible shape at 55 ahead of his return to boxing in November
How Benn looks now at the age of 55
News Group Newspapers Ltd

To watch Nigel Benn v Sakio Bika, subscribe to PPV at nigelbenn.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *