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BENN CALLS OFF COMEBACK

Shoulder injury clear as he attempted a ‘hard spar’

NIGEL BENN has been forced to call off his controversial comeback after sustaining a shoulder injury in training. The 55-year-old had been due to face Sakio Bika in a contest sanctioned by the British and Irish Boxing Authority at the Resort World Arena in Birmingham on November 23.

“I had to call it quits today,” Benn said in a video message on social media on Monday night. “I was sparring with Craig Richards. I had two cortisone injections, but I wanted to have a hard spar with him today and it just wasn’t happening. My shoulder started playing up, I couldn’t throw the right hand at all.

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