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Mar 28, 2014

Lee Matthews and Nigel Benn

Lee Matthews’ - British Military Martial Arts the market leader in the UK’s Military Martial Arts industry and a network of 85 centres already operating throughout the UK, is now searching for dynamic and passionate franchisees. 

Nigel Benn, known as “The Dark Destroyer” is a former boxer who held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight. He was in, and boxed, for the British Army, where he served in The Troubles (conflict in Northern Ireland) for 18 months. Undefeated Welterweight for the First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 1982 and 1984. Nigel won titles all the way up to Heavyweight and trained others in his regiment’s boxing team.

Nigel had a record of 41 wins and 1 loss as an amateur boxer and turned professional in 1987 with a win over Graeme Ahmed in Croydon. This win began a streak of 22 consecutive knockout wins which extended until 1989. Nigel has a professional record of 42 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw, with 35 wins by way of a knockout as a professional boxer.


Nigel Benn said:

“When I heard about the Lee Matthews’-British Military Martial Arts I thought what a great opportunity it would be for ex-service men and women to utilise their skills for something productive that would ultimately be of great value to the local community. The training I had in the army is what made me, and helped me towards winning my world boxing title, and it prepares you perfectly for this role. Not only is this a great career opportunity for people who take it up, but it’s a win-win situation as these guys are able to pass their skills and knowledge down to their students – both adult and children – bringing on the next generation by instilling respect and discipline. They are also great motivators as they have been super-fit soldiers, who understand what is required to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.”



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