Sunday, 09 July 2017 18:16

Collins vs Benn 3 odds: The favorite in 50-somethings battle

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Who cares what some say?

This fight is great for boxing.

Former middleweight and super middleweight world champions Steve Collins (36-3, 25 KO) and Nigel Benn (42-5-1, 35 KO)  will meet for the third time later this year.

Benn is 53 and Collins will be 53 in two weeks.

They fought for the first time in 1996 with Collins winning via a fourth round stoppage due to an ankle injury sustained by Benn. Five months later, Collins would win again, forcing a hurt Benn to retire at the end of the 6th round.

Now, 20 years later, Benn will attempt to gain a bit of redemption.

N.B: Both fighters must be granted a boxing license for Benn vs Collins 3 to happen. 

Should they get approved, who do you like?

Collins vs Benn odds
Paddy Power have installed Collins as the 8/11 favorite while Nigel is the 11/10 underdog. Hence, a $100 bet on Collins would generate about $73 should he complete the sweep. Should Benn exact a bit of revenge, the same bet would yield $110.

The odds seem fair but I would make Collins a bigger favorite because he decisively won the rematch and because Benn likely won't have answer for Collins' pressure. Keep in mind, power is the last thing to leave an aging fighter. That stated, however, I don't know what weight they are fighting at nor do I know the condition of either guy.

So why are they fighting?
Collins didn't mince words. He keeps it real.

“It’s just about money”.

Not Collins' first comeback attempt
This isn't the first time Collins has expressed interest in a comeback fight. Four years ago, it was rumored he was in negotiations to face Roy Jones Jr - a fight that should have happened about 15 years prior.

"It's not a comeback as such, at my age I'm too old for that, but it will be the end of a 15-year grudge," Collins told the UK Telegraph in 2013.

The Irishman stated Roy Jones refused to fight him in the mid to late 1990s when the latter was heralded as the world's best. Back then, of course, Jones insisted Collins wanted no part of him.

For some reason Jones vs Collins never happened, in 1990s nor in this decade.

... Back to Collins vs Benn 3
Today, the legacy of Steve Collins, a former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion who fought in a crowd-pleasing style, is more intertwined with his U.K foes Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank than his highly-ranked peers across the pond, Roy Jones and James Toney. But to Collins' credit, he fought and beat Eubank and Benn twice in what became epic British rivalries.

Oddly, the Irishman retired in 1997 at the tender age of 32 and was seemingly in his prime at the time.

Benn retired in 1996 after losing his rematch with Collins. He was The Ring Magazine's "hottest prospect in world boxing" in 1998 and promoter Bob Arum, in 1989, referred to him as the "most exciting fighter in the world." 

And, of course, no one will forget Benn's epic but tragic fight with Gerald McCllelan, a 3 to 1 favorite who was regarded as a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter.

Interestingly, Benn insists Steve Collins isn't the best fighter he's faced.

Benn told The Ring Magazine in 2013 that McClellan was the best puncher he ever faced and "by far" the best overall fighter.

"There was a mile between him and anyone else," Benn said.

"I came out of that fight with a damaged nose, a damaged jaw and I was urinating blood. I was in bed for three days afterwards and I had a shadow on my brain. That shows you how powerful a champion that man was."

Let's hope Benn and Collins come out of this OK.

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.