Christopher Livingstone Eubank (born 8 August 1966) is a former professional boxer from the United Kingdom who competed from 1985 until 1998.
Rachel Scollins gave birth to Eubank on August 8, 1966, in Dulwich, South London. He was raised in Jamaica from the age of two months to six years. When he returned to England, he lived in predominantly destitute areas such as Stoke Newington, Dalston, Hackney, and Peckham.
He went to Northwold Primary School in Upper Clapton, Bellingden Junior School, and then Thomas Calton Secondary School in Peckham, where he was suspended eighteen times in a year and eventually expelled, although saying he was bravely defending other children from bullies. In 1981, I spent some time at the Orchard Lodge Regional Resource Centre in Anerley.
When he was 16, his father sent him to the United States to live with his mother in the difficult South Bronx section of New York.
Eubank began a new life in New York, overcoming drug, alcohol, and shoplifting addictions in order to attend church and school. He trained at the Jerome Boxing Club on Westchester Avenue in his leisure time, following in the footsteps of his boxing elder brothers (twins Peter and Simon Eubanks) back in England.
Eubank became obsessed with boxing training and attended to the gym every day, even working as a caretaker to support himself. In the age of 18, he won the 1984 Spanish Golden Gloves Tournament and advanced to the semi-finals of the main Golden Gloves tournament at Madison Square Garden.
In his autobiography, he argues that his desire to win in boxing sprang from his need to be accepted as an individual, which was partly motivated by subjective bullying from his elder siblings.
Shortly after his 19th birthday, he made his professional debut against Tim Brown at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. Although his following ten fights went virtually unnoticed, he made brief headlines in February 1989 when he defeated Jamaican Anthony Logan in an undercard match on a Nigel Benn-headlined show.
Benn was perhaps the biggest growing star in European sport at the time, and Logan had come dangerously close to defeating the power-punching Benn in what was Benn’s most memorable match to date.
Eubank won the WBC International title in 1990 against Hugo Corti after a succession of stunning stoppage victories, including a decisive 10-round decision over American gatekeeper/journeyman Randy Smith. Later that year, he knocked Renaldo Dos Santos out in exactly 20 seconds (including the 10-count).
WBO middleweight champion
Eubank defeated Nigel Benn (and the odds) to win the WBO middleweight title in a great fight that was later released on DVD: a gruelling war that finished when Benn (ahead on points, but only narrowly) was stopped on his feet near the end of round 9.
Eubank would successfully defend the title against Dan Sherry (in a fight cut short by a headbutt for which Eubank was penalised 2 points but still won on points over the 9 completed rounds), fellow Briton Gary Stretch, and finally against another fellow Briton, Michael Watson, fighting him to a narrow 12-round majority decision in Eubank’s favour. Eubank’s career as a middleweight ended with a 28–0 record.
WBO super-middleweight champion
In September 1991, he faced Watson again for the vacant WBO super-middleweight title, but this time Watson sustained a near-fatal injury. Eubank was trailing on all scorecards after 10 rounds and was knocked down 18 seconds before the round ended.
He rose from the canvas (despite being awarded just a standing four-count instead of an eight-count) to deliver a stunning uppercut to Watson’s jaw right at the end of the round, knocking Watson’s head and neck backwards against the ring ropes.
As soon as Watson was up from the count, the bell rang to close the round. All observers – including Eubank himself – could see that he needed a knockout to win, and the fight was stopped early in the 12th round, with Watson obviously rattled beneath a torrent of punches from Eubank. Watson fainted in his corner shortly after the battle.
Eubank then gained 20 pounds and faced Carl Thompson of the United Kingdom for the WBO cruiserweight title. Eubank knocked Thompson out in the fourth round but, like in his first bout against Steve Collins, failed to capitalise on his advantage.
Thompson’s strength and durability eventually paid off in the later rounds as the battle went the distance. Thompson won by unanimous decision, however, the scoring reflected the bout’s tightness, with two of the three judges awarding the fight to Thompson by a single point.
Three months later, a rematch was promptly organised, and they fought for the WBO cruiserweight championship once more in what turned out to be Eubank’s final fight. Eubank had the better of the fight early in the rematch, but the short time between bouts caught up with him as his left eye, which had been wounded in the previous battle, quickly swelled.
The bout was called off at the end of the ninth round when Eubank’s left eye totally closed due to oedema. He was ahead on the scoreboards at the moment. It was Eubank’s sole stoppage loss in a career that spanned three weight classes, 30 pounds, and 13 years as a professional.
Eubank concluded his career with 45 wins (23 knockouts), 5 losses, and 2 draws.
Between 1990 and 1995, he held the WBO middleweight and super-middleweight titles, and BoxRec ranks him as the third-best British super-middleweight fighter of all time.
He held the world title for more than five years, was undefeated throughout his first ten years as a pro, and remained undefeated at middleweight. His world title fights against fellow Britons Nigel Benn and Michael Watson helped British boxing reach new heights in the 1990s, with Eubank’s quirky demeanour making him one of the era’s most recognisable superstars.
He battled then-up and coming challenger Joe Calzaghe in a quest to recapture his WBO super-middleweight title in his final two years of boxing, with a victorious Calzaghe subsequently saying that it was the toughest fight of his entire career. Eubank’s past two fights were both against WBO junior-heavyweight champion Carl Thompson, and both were devastating.
Eubank was stopped for the first and only time in his career in the rematch. Eubank is remembered for his bravery in the ring, where he was able to endure significant levels of punishment from power punchers en route to victories and defeats, and he is reputed to have a “granite” chin as a result.
|52 fights||45 wins||5 losses|
Eubank and his first wife, Karron (married on December 23, 1990, in Brighton), had four children (Christopher, born on September 18, 1989; Sebastian, born on July 18, 1991; Emily, born on April 19, 1994; and Joseph, born on October 23, 1996) and have appeared in a number of television shows over the years. Eubank has a son named Nathanael Wilson. Mica Paris, an English media figure, is Eubank’s cousin.
Eubank married his manager Claire Geary in 2014, however the couple split in 2017.
|Full Name||Christopher Livingstone Eubank|
|Nickname||Simply the Best|
|Date Of Birth||8 August 1966|
|Height||5 ft. 10 in (178 cm)|
|Spouse|| Claire Geary (m. 2014–2017)|
Karron Eubank (m. 1990–2005)
|Children||Chris Eubank Jr., Sebastian Eubank, Emily Eubank, Joseph Eubank|
|Net Worth||$500 Thousand|
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