Three legends of British Boxing Nigel Benn, Steve Collins and Michael Watson were brought together for the first time for a ‘Boxing Dinner of the Year’ event organised by The Events Room. The event was held at the Holland House Hotel in Cardiff with over 200 boxing enthusiasts enjoying an evening meal, photos with the legends and finishing off with a very entertaining questions and answer session with the three boxers.
After spending many years in the Army, Nigel Benn’s career changed in 1987 when he became a professional boxer. He was known for his punching power and along with a very aggressive fighting style he was nicknamed ‘The Dark Destroyer’. He went on to win the WBO Middleweight title in 1990, the WBC Super Middleweight title in 1992 and the Commonwealth Middleweight in 1998. He has been ranked by the BoxRec as the fourth best British super middleweight boxer of all time.
Steve Collins is renowned as the most successful Irish boxer in professional boxing history. Know as ‘The Celtic Warrior’ he started his professional career in 1986 and won the Irish Middleweight title 2 years later. However, it wasn’t until 1994 that he reached his full potential when he became the WBO Middleweight champion and in 1995 he won the WBO Super-Middleweight title, which he defended on seven occasions before retiring from boxing in 1997.
At the age of 14, Michael Watson started boxing and had a very impressive 20 wins out of 22 fights at the Crown and Manor Boxing Club. His professional career started in 1984 and in May 1989 he beat Nigel Benn to win the British Commonwealth Middleweight title. He fought Chris Eubank in June 1991 for an opportunity at the world middleweight title, after a very close match Eubank won on a majority decision.
A rematch was arranged 3 months later for the vacant WBO Super middleweight title. In round 11 Watson was ahead on points and knocked Eubank down with a right hook, however Eubank jump back on his feet and hit Watson with a devastating uppercut that made Watson fall back and hit his head on the ropes. In round 12 the referee stopped the fight after Watson collapsed in the ring.
Watson spend 40 days in a coma, had six brain operations and spent over a year in intensive care, before he regained the ability to speak and write. His recovery has been very slow spending 6 years is a wheelchair before regaining the strength to walk again. A huge accomplishment for Michael was to complete the London marathon in April 2003 by walking for 2 hours each morning and afternoon for 6 days.
EPS Events (Event and Production Services UK Ltd) were delighted to have supplied the PA and production for this nostalgic event. We used our EV (Electro-Voice) high performance loudspeakers for the PA, with speakers strategically placed around the room to make sure that the sound was audible from all areas.
We projected a series of fights on the large screen during the meal to create a great boxing atmosphere. We supplied 3 Shure SM58 microphones on stands for the three boxers to answer questions from the audience. Mark Peters was the very knowledgeable MC for the evening, he used our professional Sennheiser radio mic with booster antenna that allowed him to move around the function room to take questions from the audience and also provide some entertaining stories about boxing.
For further details on the next dinners with high profile speakers organised by The Events Room visit www.theeventsroom.co.uk.