Nigel Benn vs. Thulani Malinga Scorecard by Mark elding


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIGEL BENN
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
95
THULANI MALINGA
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
98

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Benn’s clear edge in firepower made for a number of rounds that were open to interpretation but, stylistically, he was a good match for the sharper, tighter, more intelligent Malinga. In fact, as an educated counterpuncher with solid composure, the South African made for a curious choice of opponent for the Benn braintrust to even pursue, after his disasters against Michael Watson and Chris Eubank.

Benn just ate too many jabs and counters throughout the course of the fight, and when Malinga really introduced his right hand in a dominant penultimate round, it should have been enough to secure victory.