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Chris Eubank
Eubank in 2005
Real name Christopher Livingstone Eubank
  • Simply the Best
  • English
Rated at
Height 5 ft 10 in
Reach 73 in
Nationality British
Born (1966-08-08) 8 August 1966 (age 57)
Dulwich, London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 45
Wins by KO 23
Losses 5
Draws 2

Christopher Livingstone Eubank (born 8 August 1966) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 1998. He held the WBO middleweight and super-middleweight titles between 1990 and 1995, and is ranked by BoxRec as the third best British super-middleweight boxer of all time.

He reigned as world champion for over five years, was undefeated in his first ten years as a professional, and remained undefeated at middleweight. His world title contests against fellow Britons Nigel Benn and Michael Watson helped British boxing ride a peak of popularity in the 1990s, with Eubank's eccentric personality making him one of the most recognisable celebrities of the period.

In his final two years of boxing he challenged then-up and coming contender Joe Calzaghe in a bid to reclaim his WBO super-middleweight title, with a victorious Calzaghe later claiming that it was the toughest fight of his whole career. Eubank's last two fights were against WBO junior-heavyweight champion Carl Thompson, both of which were brutal encounters. In the rematch, Eubank was stopped for the first and only time in his career.

Eubank is credited for his bravery in the ring, in which he was able to take considerable amounts of punishment from power punchers en route to his victories and defeats, and for this he is said to have a "granite" chin. His son, Chris Eubank Jr., is also a professional boxer.

Early life

Eubank, was born on 8 August 1966, in Dulwich, South London, to Rachel Scollins. From two months to six years old he was raised in Jamaica. On his return to England, he lived in Stoke Newington, Dalston, Hackney and then Peckham, in a largely impoverished environment.

He attended Northwold Primary School in Upper Clapton, Bellingden Junior School, and then Thomas Calton Secondary School in Peckham, from where he was suspended eighteen times in one year and then expelled, despite claiming he was gallantly trying to protect other children from bullies. Some time was spent at Orchard Lodge Regional Resource Centre, Anerley, in 1981. When he was 16, his father sent him to New York in the U.S. to live with his mother in the tough South Bronx district.

Boxing career

Eubank made a fresh start in New York, where he trained at the Jerome Boxing Club on Westchester Avenue, following in the footsteps of his elder brothers (twins, Peter and Simon Eubank) back in England. Eubank became obsessed with boxing training and went to the gym every day, working as caretaker to pay his way. He won the 1984 Spanish Golden Gloves Tournament and also got to the semi-final stage of the main Golden Gloves tourney at Madison Square Garden at aged 18.

He writes in his autobiography that his drive to succeed in boxing came through his drive to become an accepted individual, largely caused by subjective bullying from his elder brothers.

He made his professional debut at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino against Tim Brown, shortly after his 19th birthday. Although his next 10 fights went largely unnoticed, in February 1989 he made brief headlines in defeating Jamaican Anthony Logan in an undercard match to a Nigel Benn-headliner. Benn was a rising star at the time and Logan had come close to beating him. Eubank now made Brighton in England his adopted hometown and set his sights on Benn, believing he could beat him.

After a string of stoppage victories following a dominant 10-round decision over American gatekeeper/journeyman Randy Smith, Eubank captured the WBC International title in 1990 against Hugo Corti. Later in the year, he knocked out Renaldo Dos Santos in precisely 20 seconds (including the 10-count).

WBO middleweight champion

Eubank won the WBO middleweight title against Nigel Benn (and the odds) in a classic encounter that was later released on DVD: a gruelling battle which ended when Benn (ahead on points, but only narrowly) was stopped on his feet near the end of round 9. Eubank would defend the title successfully 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 fellow Briton, Michael Watson, fighting him to a narrow 12-round majority decision in Eubank's favour. This concluded Eubank's career as a middleweight, with a 28–0 record.

WBO super-middleweight champion

A rematch with Watson for the vacant WBO super-middleweight title took place in September 1991, in which Watson suffered a near-fatal injury. Eubank was behind on all scorecards after 10 rounds, and was knocked down 18 seconds from the end of the round. He rose from the canvas (being given only a standing four-count instead of eight) to unleash a devastating uppercut to Watson's jaw right at the end of the round, knocking Watson's head and neck backwards into the ring ropes. The bell sounded to end the round as soon as Watson was up from the count. It was still obvious to all observers – and to Eubank himself – that he needed a knockout to win: and early in the 12th, with Watson still visibly shaken, the fight was stopped with Watson under a flurry of punches from Eubank. Soon after the fight Watson collapsed in his corner. His condition may have been worsened by delay in receiving medical attention: there was no ambulance or paramedic at the event and after eight minutes on the ring floor, Watson was attended by doctors wearing dinner jackets, arriving late. Following the fight, Eubank contemplated quitting the sport. Commentator Reg Gutteridge said, in the moment, he had, "never seen a more dramatic end to a world title fight". Eubank later reflected on the aftermath: "I lost my finishing instinct in the ring – I couldn't finish fights any more. However, I needed to work and so I carried on and I won most of my fights on decisions. And I blamed myself, after all, it was me who threw the punch."

Eubank was particularly noted for his confidence, concentration, composure, and extravagant behaviour, and antics that included a vault over the top-rope into the ring before each fight. His trademark theme tune was Tina Turner's Simply the Best. He would often engage in posturing (particularly between rounds of fights). Eubank was by now presented as something of a "man you love to hate" figure in the British tabloid press because of his perceived arrogance and for his singularly unconventional sense of style. In boxing circles he enjoyed even less popularity, having once referred to the sport as a 'mug's game' on national television (This was a selective quote – Eubank had actually been discussing the seedier side of the sport, such as the beatings taken by journeyman fighters for small sums of money, or boxers that were lied to and ripped off by promoters).

Now the holder of a second title, Eubank relinquished his middleweight title and concentrated on defending his new crown at the higher weight of 12 st. After the Watson tragedy Eubank never again showed any desire to knock opponents out, preferring to retain his title through points victories. He made successful defences against "Sugarboy" Malinga, the American quartet of John Jarvis, Ron Essett, Tony Thornton and former World Champion Lindell Holmes, as well as Juan Carlos Giminez Ferreyra and a draw with fellow Briton Ray Close.

Eubank vs Benn II

Nigel Benn moved up to super middleweight and became WBC champion. The pair agreed to meet in a WBC/WBO unification rematch. In 1993 the rivals would engage in another contest named 'Judgement Day' watched by a reported 500 million people and fought an exciting contest – albeit less brutal than their first – to a draw. Don King had negotiated the contracts so that he would own both the winner and the loser of Eubank v Benn 2. Barry Hearn claimed that, as a draw was not written into the contract, Eubank was free to sign a new deal with him instead of King. He did – and Benn also did not sign for King, on the same pretext.

Following the Benn fight, Eubank went on to defeat Graciano Rocchigiani of Germany, the undefeated former IBF super-middleweight title holder. After a split points victory over Ray Close, in the King's Hall Belfast, Eubank signed an eight-fight £10-million deal with Sky Sports for contests in South Africa, Manchester, London and Millstreet. Eubank made five further successful defences, beating British world title contenders Henry Wharton and Sam Storey as well as unbeaten Dan Schommer and Mauricio Amaral Costa.

Eubank vs Collins

In March 1995, however, Eubank lost his title to Irishman Steve Collins, by unanimous decision.

Eubank won an eliminator for his old title against Jose Ignacio Barruetabena, as well as a win over Bruno Ruben Godoy. A rematch with Collins took place in Cork, Ireland, and Eubank lost again by a surprisingly narrow split decision. He announced his retirement from the ring in October 1995. He made a quick comeback in 1996, however, defeating Luis Dionisio Barrera and Camilo Alarcon.

Calzaghe vs Eubank

After Steve Collins withdrew from his WBO super-middleweight title defence against Joe Calzaghe and unexpectedly retired in October 1997, Calzaghe was matched against Eubank for the vacant title with eleven days notice. Eubank had been scheduled to box at light-heavyweight on the undercard. Eubank was knocked down twice and lost on points to Calzaghe, but saw his popularity rise as a result of managing to finish the fight against his more fancied opponent.


Eubank then added 20 lbs in weight and challenged Britain's Carl Thompson for the WBO cruiserweight title. Eubank floored Thompson in the fourth round but, as in the first Steve Collins fight, failed to press home his advantage. The fight went the distance, with Thompson's strength and durability eventually telling in the later rounds. Thompson won by unanimous decision, but the closeness of the fight was reflected in the scoring, with two of the three judges giving the fight to Thompson by a single point.

A rematch was quickly arranged for three months later and they again fought for the WBO cruiserweight championship in what turned out to be Eubank's last fight. Eubank had the better of the fight early in the rematch, but the short rest between the bouts came back to haunt him as his left eye that was damaged in the first fight rapidly began to swell. The fight was stopped at the end of the ninth round, when Eubank's left eye closed completely from swelling. At the time he was ahead on the scorecards. It was the only stoppage loss of Eubank's career spanning 3 weight divisions, 30 pounds and 13 years as professional.

Eubank finished his career with a record of 45 wins (23 KOs), 5 losses, and 2 draws.

Career beyond boxing

Throughout his successful years and beyond, Eubank developed a reputation for eccentricity. In a poll published by BBC Homes and Antiques magazine in January 2006, Eubank was voted the second most eccentric star (after Björk). Speaking with a lisp and in affected upper-class tones; dressing as a stereotypically upper-class Englishman (in jodhpurs, bowler hat and riding boots; sporting a monocle) and carrying a silver-tipped cane, such affectations have provoked criticism in tabloid newspapers. However, in 1991 and 1993 he won Britain's Best Dressed Man award, given by the Menswear Association of Great Britain.

His collection of vehicles included a customised Harley-Davidson and a huge American Peterbilt 379 truck cab – the largest lorry in Europe. At one time he owned the only Hummer in Britain.

In the early 1990s, Eubank was caricatured as a puppet on Spitting Image. He featured on the front cover of Esquire for the April 1992 edition. He was mentioned in a scene of I'm Alan Partridge, in which the title character desperately tries to think of ideas for a new television show, one of which is entitled Youth Hosteling with Chris Eubank. He has featured in television advertisements (commercials) for Nescafé, Royal Mail, McDonald's, Jaffa Cakes and Orbit, and has modelled for Vivienne Westwood and Versace.

Eubank purchased the lord of the manor rights in Brighton at auction in 1996 and used the ancient right of this position to appoint a town crier in addition to the town crier employed by the local authority. In 1994 he took over a prime site in the city, which he called 'Buckingham Place'. He knocked down the interior whilst keeping the grade II façade intact and built 69 flats for the homeless, using £1,250,000 of his own money. The building was later sold for redevelopment in 2000.

In 1996, Eubank was the guest presenter on Top of the Pops. In 1999, he launched the Dreamcast and in the same year, he appeared in his truck in the music video for the song "Turn Around" by Phats & Small. He also had his own show on Talk Radio called Eubank's People. Guests included Linford Christie, John Fashanu, Lennox Lewis, and Naseem Hamed.

In 2001, he appeared in the first series of the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4, where he was the first ever celebrity to be evicted from the house.

In 2002, Eubank was the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary entitled When Louis Met...Chris Eubank, in which Theroux and his camera crew accompanied Eubank for a period. In 2003, the Eubanks invited television cameras to follow their lives for nine months; the resulting show, At Home with the Eubanks, was broadcast on Five.

During Michael Watson's recovery from his near-fatal injury during their bout in 1991, Watson and Eubank became friends, with Eubank accompanying Watson for the final mile of the 2003 London Marathon, which Watson – still showing physical damage from the fight and taking more than six days – completed to raise money for charity.

In 2006, Eubank was sacked by his own public relations advisor, Richard Hillgrove, for being "too eccentric".

In 2015, Eubank took part in the 2015 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. He lasted 17 days and finished in 9th position.

In 2019, Eubank appeared alongside his son Chris Eubank Jr., on Series 1 of Celebrity Gogglebox. They re-appeared in Series 3 in 2021.

In 2021, Eubank appeared as a guest on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.


In November 2009, Eubank was declared bankrupt, owing £1.3 million in taxes.

Anti-war activism

On 14 October 2003, Eubank was intercepted by police whilst driving around Parliament Square, Westminster, in his truck, which displayed the message "TONY BLAIR! MILITARY OCCUPATION CAUSES TERRORISM". He completed a number of circuits before he was arrested. On 22 February 2007, Eubank was arrested outside Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall for a suspected breach of the peace after driving through central London in his truck, which was emblazoned with a message condemning Tony Blair for sending Prince Harry to Iraq. The banner read "BLAIR – Don't send our young prince to your catastrophic illegal war, to make it look plausible!" On 23 May 2007, he was charged with making an unlawful anti-war protest after parking his seven-ton truck outside Downing Street. On 16 November 2007, he failed to turn up at court, so an arrest warrant was issued, and he was fined.


In October 2005, Eubank was appointed as the first ambassador for gambling charity GamCare, to support and encourage responsible gambling.

Tailored suit designer

Known for his unique sense of style, Eubank has won the Britain's Best Dressed Man many times. In 2010, Eubank, once a regular customer, started designing tailored suits for Cad and the Dandy, a Savile Row bespoke tailoring company.

Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank

On 19 August 2015, a spoof trailer was made available for Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank in association with Hostelworld, detailing Eubank's journey around Britain in an effort to learn more about youth hostels. The joke originates from the comedy show I'm Alan Partridge, in which the title character pitches a selection of ideas for television shows.

Personal life

Eubank and his first wife, Karron (married 23 December 1990 in Brighton), had four children (Christopher, born on 18 September 1989; Sebastian (18 July 1991– 9 July 2021); Emily, born on 19 April 1994; and Joseph, born on 23 October 1996) and have over the years starred in various television programmes. Eubank also has an elder son, Nathanael Wilson, born August 1988. Eubank is the cousin of English media personality Mica Paris. His son Sebastian, also a professional boxer, died aged 29 on 9 July 2021 in Dubai.

In 1992, Eubank was involved in a fatal collision when he lost control of his car on the London to Brighton road; the car came off the road and killed a building site worker. He was convicted of driving without due care and attention, fined £250 plus £1,450 costs, and had six penalty points added to his driving licence.

In August 2005, Karron petitioned for divorce from Eubank. Also in 2005, Eubank was convicted of taking a vehicle without consent. He had driven a beer lorry which was being unloaded away from a place where he considered it to be causing an unreasonable obstruction. In 2014, Eubank married his manager Claire Geary, but the couple divorced in 2017.

In 2015, Eubank adopted the nickname of his deceased father, "English", to privately perpetuate his memory and to publicly differentiate himself from the budding boxing career of his son Chris Jr.

In 2021, Eubank was prosecuted after he was filmed by CyclingMikey driving through a red light.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
52 fights 45 wins 5 losses
By knockout 23 1
By decision 22 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 Loss 45–5–2 Carl Thompson RTD 9 (12), 3:00 18 Jul 1998 Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England For WBO junior-heavyweight title
51 Loss 45–4–2 Carl Thompson UD 12 18 Apr 1998 NYNEX Arena, Manchester, England For WBO junior-heavyweight title
50 Loss 45–3–2 Joe Calzaghe UD 12 11 Oct 1997 Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England For vacant WBO super-middleweight title
49 Win 45–2–2 Camilo Alarcon KO 4 (10) 27 Mar 1997 Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, UAE
48 Win 44–2–2 Luis Dionisio Barrera KO 5 (10), 0:42 19 Oct 1996 Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo, Egypt
47 Loss 43–2–2 Steve Collins SD 12 9 Sep 1995 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland For WBO super-middleweight title
46 Win 43–1–2 Jose Ignacio Barruetabena KO 1 (10), 0:55 29 Jul 1995 Whitley Bay, England
45 Win 42–1–2 Bruno Ruben Godoy TKO 1 (10) 27 May 1995 King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
44 Loss 41–1–2 Steve Collins UD 12 18 Mar 1995 Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Ireland Lost WBO super-middleweight title
43 Win 41–0–2 Henry Wharton UD 12 10 Dec 1994 G-Mex Centre, Manchester, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title
42 Win 40–0–2 Dan Schommer UD 12 15 Oct 1994 Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa Retained WBO super-middleweight title
41 Win 39–0–2 Sam Storey TKO 7 (12), 1:00 27 Aug 1994 International Arena, Cardiff, Wales Retained WBO super-middleweight title
40 Win 38–0–2 Mauricio Amaral UD 12 9 Jul 1994 Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title
39 Win 37–0–2 Ray Close SD 12 21 May 1994 King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained WBO super-middleweight title
38 Win 36–0–2 Graciano Rocchigiani UD 12 5 Feb 1994 Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany Retained WBO super-middleweight title
37 Draw 35–0–2 Nigel Benn SD 12 9 Oct 1993 Old Trafford, Manchester, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title;
For WBC super-middleweight title
36 Draw 35–0–1 Ray Close SD 12 15 May 1993 Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland Retained WBO super-middleweight title
35 Win 35–0 Lindell Holmes UD 12 20 Feb 1993 Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title
34 Win 34–0 Juan Carlos Gimenez UD 12 28 Nov 1992 G-Mex Centre, Manchester, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title
33 Win 33–0 Tony Thornton UD 12 19 Sep 1992 Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland Retained WBO super-middleweight title
32 Win 32–0 Ron Essett UD 12 27 Jun 1992 Quinta do Lago Hotel, Almancil, Portugal Retained WBO super-middleweight title
31 Win 31–0 John Jarvis KO 3 (12), 1:50 25 Apr 1992 G-Mex Centre, Manchester, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title
30 Win 30–0 Thulani Malinga SD 12 1 Feb 1992 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England Retained WBO super-middleweight title
29 Win 29–0 Michael Watson TKO 12 (12), 0:29 21 Sep 1991 White Hart Lane, London, England Won vacant WBO super-middleweight title
28 Win 28–0 Michael Watson MD 12 22 Jun 1991 Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England Retained WBO middleweight title
27 Win 27–0 Gary Stretch TKO 6 (12), 1:56 18 Apr 1991 Olympia Grand Hall, London, England Retained WBO middleweight title
26 Win 26–0 Dan Sherry TD 10 (12), 2:11 23 Feb 1991 Brighton Centre, Brighton, England Retained WBO middleweight title;
Split TD: Sherry unable to continue after a headbutt by Eubank
25 Win 25–0 Nigel Benn TKO 9 (12), 2:56 18 Nov 1990 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England Won WBO middleweight title
24 Win 24–0 Reginaldo Dos Santos KO 1 (10), 0:20 22 Sep 1990 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
23 Win 23–0 Kid Milo TKO 8 (12) 5 Sep 1990 Brighton Centre, Brighton, England Retained WBC International middleweight title
22 Win 22–0 Eduardo Domingo Contreras UD 12 25 Apr 1990 Brighton Centre, Brighton, England Retained WBC International middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Hugo Antonio Corti TKO 8 (12), 0:46 6 Mar 1990 York Hall, London, England Won WBC International middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 Denys Cronin TKO 3 (8), 1:15 16 Jan 1990 STAR Centre, Cardiff, Wales
19 Win 19–0 Jose Carlos da Silva KO 6 (8) 20 Dec 1989 Kirkby Leisure Centre, Liverpool, England
18 Win 18–0 Johnny Melfah KO 4 (8) 5 Nov 1989 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
17 Win 17–0 Jean-Noel Camara TKO 2 (8) 24 Oct 1989 York Hall, London, England
16 Win 16–0 Ron Malek TKO 5 (8), 1:20 4 Oct 1989 Festival Hall, Basildon, England
15 Win 15–0 Les Wisniewski TKO 2 (8), 1:07 28 Jun 1989 International Centre, Brentwood, England
14 Win 14–0 Randy Smith PTS 10 26 May 1989 York Hall, London, England
13 Win 13–0 Franky Moro PTS 8 1 Mar 1989 York Hall, London, England
12 Win 12–0 Anthony Logan PTS 8 8 Feb 1989 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
11 Win 11–0 Simon Collins TKO 4 (8), 2:22 31 Jan 1989 York Hall, London, England
10 Win 10–0 Steve Aquilina TKO 4 (6), 2:40 18 May 1988 Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
9 Win 9–0 Greg George TKO 5 (8), 1:25 4 May 1988 Olympia Grand Hall, London, England
8 Win 8–0 Michael Justin TKO 5 (8) 26 Apr 1988 Town Hall, Hove, England
7 Win 7–0 Winston Burnett PTS 6 7 Mar 1988 Town Hall, Hove, England
6 Win 6–0 Darren Parker TKO 1 (6) 15 Feb 1988 Effingham Park Country Club, Copthorne, England
5 Win 5–0 James Canty UD 4 25 Mar 1987 Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
4 Win 4–0 Eric Holland UD 4 25 Feb 1986 Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
3 Win 3–0 Mike Bagwell MD 4 8 Jan 1986 Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
2 Win 2–0 Kenny Cannido UD 4 7 Nov 1985 Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
1 Win 1–0 Tim Brown UD 4 3 Oct 1985 Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US

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