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Nigel Benn vs Chris Eubank 18.11.1990 - WBO World Middleweight Championship"The Dark Destroyer" Nigel Benn vs "Simply the Best" Chris Eubank for the WBO World Middleweight Championship. Not only is it one of the best British contests of all time, it's also one of the best WBO World Championship fights ever as well. It's not often that you see 2 of the best boxers of a division face off against each other when both are still in their prime but that's exactly what happened on this night. More info below... Chris Eubank had turned pro in 1985 and quickly established himself as an unorthodox yet technically sound competitor. He hadn't fought anybody of note up until this point but he did have victories over former WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion, Anthony Logan (17-2-1) and South American Middleweight Champion, Jose Carlos da Silva (8-2). In March 1990 Eubank beat Hugo Antonio Corti (20-1-1) in his first real challenge, claiming the WBC International Middleweight Title. Eubank would successfully defend the title against journeyman Eduardo Domingo Contreras (36-41-21) and Kid Milo (13-3-1). Eubank's most recent fight however was a surprising first round stoppage of Brazilian Super Middleweight Champion, Reginaldo Dos Santos, dropping and stopping him with the very first punch he threw! Eubank was not known as a power puncher, but he was undefeated with a 24-0 record however many felt his was still untested and held a padded record but there was no denying he had skills. Nigel Benn on the other hand was known as a power puncher and one of the heaviest hitters in the middleweight division at the time. He had turned pro in 1987 and went on a 22 fight win streak, all by way of KO! Benn had won the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight title in 1988 by stopping African Middleweight Champion, Abdul Umaru Sanda (22-8), and then successfully defend it against Anthony Logan (15-1-1), WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion, David Noel (24-5-1), and Zambia Middleweight Champion, Michael Chilambe (5-1). In 1989 Benn suffered an upset when he was knocked out himself by Michael Watson in the 6th Rd, losing his Commonwealth title. Benn had boxed himself out against Watson and had no energy left, leaving many to think he was purely a knock out artist and if he couldn't knock them out, he would eventually tire and lose... But Benn proved that opinion wrong when he won his next fight against former WBC Intercontinental Middleweight Champion, Jorge Amparo (7-9-1), by a unanimous 10 round decision. And then to seemingly prove he had intentionally taken Amparo the distance, he won his next fight with an easy 1st Rd TKO against another former WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion, Jose Quinones (24-10-2). In April 1990, Benn got a shot at the WBO World Middleweight Champion, Doug DeWitt (32-6-4), stopping him in the 8th Rd after being knocked down himself early on. Benn would claim the WBO World Middleweight title with the win and went on to defend it against Iran Barkley (25-6), scoring a surprising 1st Rd TKO against the former WBC World Middleweight Champion. Benn's record heading in against Eubank was 27-1 and he was seen as the favorite due to the number of high profile fights he had been involved in and his devastating KO record. The fight between Benn and Eubank was the start of a great era in British Middleweight boxing. Both men put on a tremendous show, a classic battle of brawler vs technician with the outcome never certain until right to the very end. Eubank was a couple years younger but otherwise both men were near identical in terms of size and reach so it came down to skill... By Rd 9, Eubank had slowly but surely worn Benn down with a combination of slick defense and surprisingly heavy punchers. Eubank suffered a slip in Rd 9 but he got back to his feet and a few seconds later landed a flush 1-2 combo on the side of Benn's jaw leaving him visibly stunned and almost out on his feet. Eubank backed Benn into the ropes and unleashed a flurry of shots but somehow Benn survived... for a short while anyway. Benn's legs were gone and just when it seemed he was about to shake off the damage Eubank scored with another series of clean punchers to the face prompting the ref to stop the fight. Eubank had just won his first World title and British middleweight boxing had entered the Golden Age thanks to these 2 legends.