He agreed on Tuesday he wasn't fit to face 40-year-old Sakio Bika next month in what was planned as a one-off fight to give him "closure" on a career blighted by drug abuse, depression, and the death of his brother.
"I hope my fans will respect that I have no say in this decision," Benn said in a statement. Benn claimed the WBO middleweight title in 1990, and held the WBC super-middleweight title from 1992-96. Bika was a former WBC super-middleweight champion.
Their bout was licensed by the British and Irish Boxing Authority, rather than the British Boxing Board of Control, and organizers were scrambling to rescue the event which has 10 other fights on the card.
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