28th October 2012
‘The Fight of Their Lives’ is the story of one of the best fights of the modern era, but ultimately one of the most tragic aftermath’s.
Nigel Benn and Gerald McClellen that night went beyond the realms of boxing, they were two removable forces that clashed like Trojans, fighting not only for the world championship, but for national pride, their careers and their lives.
|Gerald McClellan in his pr|
The fight is mentioned these days in a whisper! Fans are not sure whether to acclaim the fight or to treat it as a taboo subject. American challenger for Benn’s WBC title Gerald McClellan (Full Story below) was stopped in round 10.
The fight far surpassed any pre-fight hype that proceeded it and is now the stuff of legend, but shrouded in despair.
And then the bigger fight began! – McClellan fell into a coma and required an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain. He survived, but was left blind, death and unable to walk or take care of himself.
His devoted sister Lisa, as since looked after Gerald’s every whim and continues to struggle to financially support the needs of the former champion. So much so that the family have decided to sell Gerald’s treasured WBC world title belt to fund for his 24 hour care.
The two boxers involved were the UK`s defending champion “The Dark Destroyer” Nigel Benn and unbeaten American banger and former two time middleweight champion “The G-Man” Gerald McClellan.
The build up to the fight had been very heated with McClellan promising to knock out the champion inside a round. The press both sides of the pond written off Benn’s chances and most feared that our man, who had thrilled us many times previously, was now past his best and was going to get blown away like all of McClellan’s past foes.
Benn however saw things differently and replied to the challengers boasts with “No Yank is coming over here and bashing me up in front of the British people, my people.” Not only were Benn’s words fighting talk, they were delivered with 100% conviction, Benn never did give anything less in the ring.
Gerald McClellan Highlight by Iceveins Productions
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