British boxing great “Nigel Benn” took to Instagram to open up on how coronavirus has affected him badly by claiming the life of his brother.
Nigel Benn, 56, a former world champion at two weights said, “Mark had been the Joker of the family.”
Benn brother’s death came as the number of UK COVID_19 deaths hits a regretting number of 621 to 4,934 and people infected increased to 5,903 to 47,806.
“My brother Mark passed Away 2day (COVID 19), as we all were growing up Mark was the Joker of the Benn household. May he Rest In Peace love u Mark,” he wrote.
Nigel Benn whose son, Conor, 23, is a promising pugilist with an unblemished record was one of seven boys but lost his older brother Andy when he fell out of a window at just 8-year-old.
Nigel Benn was nicknamed the ”Dark Destroyer” for his aggressive style and liked fighting with compatriots Chris Eubank and Michael Watson.
He was WBO middleweight title in 1990 and then moved on to become WBC super-middleweight champion holding the belt between 1992 and 1996, and only lost his crown to South African Thulani Malinga.
Nigel Benn quit fighting in 1996 after twice failing to wrest the WBO super-middleweight title from Irishman Stephen Collins.
Just like Benn, the grandmother and father of British light-heavyweight “Anthony Yarde” died within a few days of each other from coronavirus.
Their death led to “Anthony Yarde” 28, making an appeal to the general public to “just stay home” to avoid spreading the virus.
“It’s serious. People are still going out when they don’t need to. I know there’s a lot of opinions about COVID-19 and I have mine but I just know opinions ain’t worth risking your life and others. Just stay home,” Yarde wrote on social media.