These two British boxers reached the peak of their careers around the same time. Naturally, fight fans demanded a match-up. The drama kicked in before a single punch had even been thrown: As Eubank walked out to the sound of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”, the song suddenly stopped. It’s alleged that Benn’s entourage sabotaged the music (to his credit, Eubank was nonplussed and still managed to perform his trademark cocky vault into the ring). Benn, ominously known as the Dark Destroyer, looked furious.
As for the fight itself, it went back and forth as both men gave their all (commentator Jim McDonald screamed at one point, “Jesus, look at that right hand!”). But it was Eubank who took the World Middleweight title when the fight was stopped in the ninth after Benn was subjected to a barrage of blows in the corner despite the fact that he’d floored Eubank earlier that same round. The two fought out a draw a few years later. Despite the build-up, that match couldn’t live up to their first meeting which was, indeed, simply the best.