'Dark Destroyer' Trains Army Boxers
The 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (1RRF) has just held a boxing competition, watched by a very special guest.
 
In the audience for their Inter-Company Boxing Championships in Tidworth, Wiltshire, was former fusilier and world boxing champion Nigel Benn (aka 'The Dark Destroyer').
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
 
Benn watched on after visiting 1RRF and passing on tips during a practice boxing session earlier in the day.
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
 
 
Boxing fans from the battalion turned up in large numbers to support their company in what turned out to be a thrilling night of boxing. 
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
 
While serving, Benn was stationed in Germany for three years and Northern Ireland for a year and a half, during the Troubles.
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
 
Born in 1964, his professional boxing career ran from 1987 to 1996.
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
 
 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

 
Winning the WBO middleweight title in 1990, the WBC super-middleweight title in 1992, and the Commonwealth middleweight title in 1988, Benn earned his nickname because of his aggressive fighting style.
 
He won 42 out of 48 fights (35 by knockout), and drew one.
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
 
The 1RRF were keen to learn from him, and to practise their boxing skills in the ring later that day.
 
Image and video hosting by TinyPic