55-year-old Benn cancels fight after shoulder injury

Benn during a training camp in Tenerife in 1996

Benn during a training camp in Tenerife in 1996

Nigel Benn is set to abandon his dream of returning to boxing at the age of 55 after his prospective comeback bout was cancelled due to injury.

Benn's son, 23-year-old Conor Benn (16-0, 11 KOs), is an up-and-coming welterweight who on Saturday knocked out Steve Jamoye in the fourth round on the undercard of Josh Taylor's decision win over Regis Prograis to unify two junior welterweight world titles in the World Boxing Super Series final at the O2 Arena in London.

"With a heavy heart I'm sad to recount I had to manufacture the laborious resolution lately to hold up my boxing gloves", wrote Benn on his Instagram story. He was set to fight Cameroonian-Australian Sakio Bika on November 23rd.

At his best, Benn won world middleweight and super middleweight titles and participated in some of the defining fights of his generation.

Benn during a training camp in Tenerife in 1996.

But Benn, who last fought 23 years ago when he lost a rematch to Steve Collins, revealed the bout against Bika is now off.

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"I had to call it quits today, I wanted a hard spar, but it just wasn't happening", Benn added.

The British Boxing Board of Control would not license Benn for the comeback fight, so it was going to be regulated by the little-known British and Irish Boxing Authority.

Conor Benn, Nigel's son, is also a professional boxer.

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"I would rep to thanks fascinated by supporting me throughout my occupation however the time is up for me". I thank you all for giving me an incredible career.

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