Boxing legend Nigel Benn follows Frank Bruno and Ricky Hatton in coming to Hartlepool

BOXING GREAT: Nigel Benn
BOXING GREAT: Nigel Benn

NIGEL Benn is the latest British boxing legend to come to Hartlepool.

“The Dark Destroyer” (pictured) will be the guest of honour at a dinner at the Staincliffe Hotel, Seaton Carew, on Saturday, April 18.

To get Nigel to come to Hartlepool and talk about his career and his life is brilliant

NATHAN GREATHEAD

It is another coup from town boxing impresario Nathan Greathead who has already promoted two other greats of the sport in town.

Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno was the first venture staged by the 20-year-old.

Big Frank entertained fans at the Corporation Club last year and this event was followed up by a sold out night with Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.

“Those events have gone very well,” said Nathan. “People have loved seeing Frank and Ricky and listening to their stories.

“Frank and Ricky loved their time here too and I’m excited to get Nigel Benn here.

“He moved out to Australia with his family a couple of years ago, but is coming back to Britain and doing several appearances.

“So to get him to come to Hartlepool and talk about his career and his life is brilliant.

“The show is almost sold out.”

Benn is rated as one of Britain’s greatest ever boxers, winning world titles at middleweight and super-middle.

The Londoner became world middleweight champion by knocking out WBO middleweight title holder, American Doug DeWitt, in Atlantic City.

He defended his title before losing it to Chris Eubank and their bitter rivalry continued when they met in a unification bout at super-middle which ended in a controversial draw.

Benn was involved in one of the greatest fights ever seen in Britain when he climbed off the canvas to knock out American KO specialist Gerald McLennan in London.

His rival suffered serious injuries and in 2007, McClellan, his wife and children attended a benefit dinner organised and hosted by Benn to help with ongoing medical expenses.

Since retiring, Benn has entered the World Boxing Council Hall of Fame and now mentors young amateur and pro boxers in Australia while also doing charity work and work in his local community.

Nathan said he was looking forward to the event but had some thank-yous to say.

“I’d like to thank Ian Glass, my sponsors, and my family for all their support,” he told SportMail.

Tickets for the evening are £65 or £50 with just a limited number left. Included in the price of a ticket is a three-course meal, photo opportunities plus a question and answer session.

l FOR tickets, contact Nathan on 07951725224.