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Video shows what happened when Nigel Benn trained on the pads with Dillian Whyte

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British heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte was recently put through his paces by former two-weight world champion Nigel Benn in a training session filmed by iFL TV.

The 54-year-old travelled down to Whyte's Brixton gym in an effort to show the 29-year-old heavyweight some speed on the pads.

Benn showed brilliant speed despite his last fight being over 22 years ago and had a few tricks still up his sleeve when he jumped in the ring with Whyte.

'The Dark Destroyer' retired from professional boxing in 1996, after picking up the WBO middleweight title in 1990 and the WBC super-middleweight title in 1992.

Benn shared a bitter rivalry with fellow Brit Chris Eubank Snr and the former two-weight champions clashed in style and personality, but it was a feud which greatly enhanced the popularity of the sport in the UK.

As you can see in the video of Benn and Whyte training below, the former dons the pads, and urges Whyte to use his power whilst throwing a few jabs but the heavyweight refuses: "I'm not knocking out a legend, no way!".

Whyte eventually obliges, and hits the pad with a few fast and powerful jabs, Benn then says: "I want to show you something", and as the heavyweight jabs again, the 54-year-old shows he hasn't lost any speed and quickly counters and returns with a shot of his own, catching Dillian on the chin.

After leaving the younger man looking shocked, Benn explains to him how he was telegraphing his punches, by inadvertently lifting his leading leg a split second before jabbing.

The retired boxer went on to claim that Whyte's opponent could look him in the eye and would only need to look out for the tell-tale sign of the impending attack, to then counter and strike. The heavyweight took the lesson well and will surely remember to keep his leg still when fighting for real in the ring.

Whyte is currently waiting to find out who his next opponent will be but it is looking likely to be either Luis Ortiz or Kubrat Pulev.

Topics:
Heavyweight
Kubrat Pulev
Luis Ortiz
Dillian Whyte
Boxing

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