Nigel Benn set for return to boxing at the age of 55, 23 years after his last fight

Nigel Benn retired back in 1996
Nigel Benn retired back in 1996

Former super-middleweight world champion Nigel Benn looks set to announce a return to boxing at the age of 55.

Benn, whose last professional bout was 23 years ago in 1996, has called a press conference for Thursday at which he will make "a major announcement relating to his future career".

He is expected to confirm his comeback fight will take place on November 23 in Birmingham - an encounter which will be licensed by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA), rather than the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

Fellow BIBA-licensed fighter Tommy Jacobs, who is set to fight on the undercard, told iFL TV: "Nigel Benn's having a comeback fight and he's boxing on the 23rd November at what used to be the NEC in Birmingham.

"I'm not allowed to say who Nigel Benn's opponent is, for obvious reasons."

Benn last fought in 1996, when he lost his world title rematch against Steve Collins. His son Conor turned professional in 2016 and has a record of 15-0 at welterweight.

Nigel Benn during his win over Danny Ray Perez in 1995
Nigel Benn during his win over Danny Ray Perez in 1995

Nigel Benn with his son Conor Benn
Nigel Benn with his son Conor Benn

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