Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/30/12
There is nothing in sport that quite matches the adrenaline shot that is a boxing rivalry. A sport of merciless violence by its very nature, the only way to amplify the heat inside the ring is to add personal dislike. British boxing has had rivalries aplenty over the years, and is right now overflowing with potential high-publicity, quality match-ups that could once again force the nation to sit attentively around their television screens. Over two parts I will discuss some of the most spiteful British boxing rivalries, both in the recent past - which I will detail here in Part 1 - and in the contemporary field, which I will discuss in Part 2. Benn and Eubank set the benchmark During the 1990’s, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank accosted each other in the ring on two separate occasions. In both matches, what followed can only be described as hate-fueled war between two of Britain’s most accomplished fighters of their generation. As personalities, they were polar opposites. Eubank’s self-righteous,
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