Gerald McClellan was one of the most vicious fighters in the history of boxing. McClellan had one of the best knockout records in boxing history as well. In his prime McClellan had a record of 31-wins with 29- knockouts. His future looked bright, and Gerald McClellan was on his way to becoming a superstar.
On February 25th, 1995, Gerald McClellan’s life would change forever Brit remembers. McClellan was defending his WBC super welterweight championship against Nigel Benn. McClellan vs. Benn was a highly anticipated fight. Both fighters possessed devastating punching power. The fight lived up to everyone’s expectations.
The first round started with McClellan knocking Nigel Benn out of the ring. Miraculously, Nigel Benn made it to his feet, and he continued fighting. Gerald McClellan continued his assault, and he knocked Nigel Benn down again in the eighth round. Somehow, Nigel Benn got up once more, and he continued fighting.
The tenth round of the fight proved to be the final round of Gerald McClellan’s career. Nigel Benn knocked McClellan out with devastating punches, but there appeared to be more to the story.
After the fight, a blood clot was found in his brain. McClellan had emergency surgery to remove the blood clot, but he could not reverse the severe brain damage that he sustained.
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