Britain’s former world middleweight and super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn’s first fight since 1996 is off because of a shoulder injury.

The 55-year-old announced his return last month against Cameroonian-Australian Sakio Bika, 40.

They were due to meet in Birmingham on 23 November and Benn revealed the bout was intended to give him “closure”.

“With a heavy heart I am sad to say I had to make the hard decision today to hang up my boxing gloves,” said Benn.

Writing on Instagram, he added: “I’d like to thank you all for supporting me throughout my career but the time is up for me. I thank you all for giving me an unbelievable career.”

Benn, standing alongside his son Conor, who is also a boxer, explained how he had two cortisone injections in both of his shoulders before a sparring session.

“I had to call it quits today, I wanted a hard spar, but it just wasn’t happening, ” said Benn. “My shoulder started playing up and I could not throw a right hand at all.

“Today’s the day I hand over the baton to my son Conor, who is going to carry on the name, but with me it comes to an end today.”


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