Softly spoken and looking like he was never cut out to be a boxer, Chris Eubank is one of the top names in British boxing history. Addicted to many substances as a youngster, Eubank got himself in school and trained at the Jerome Boxing Gym as a boy. He became obsessed, and got to the semi-final stages of the 1984 Spanish Golden Gloves Tournament, a prestigious youth tournament for the best young boxers in the land.
His professional boxing debut came at the age of 19, and he first made headlines with a win as an undercard in a Nigel Benn fight in February 1989. He won his first title, the 1990 WBC International, beating Hugo Cortio and then Renaldo Dos Santos (whom he beat in just 20 seconds). Believing that he could take Benn, at the time one of the top names in the boxing world, he took him on in a classic encounter and won with a stoppage in the 9th. He then defended his title against Dan Sherr and Gary Stretch in an outstanding match. He then won a majority against Michael Watson, and he moved up from Middleweight – with a perfect 28-0 record – to Super-Middleweight.
Eubank was struggling in his first fight for the vacant title at his new level, and was in serious trouble of losing to Watson, a previous opponent from the past. Eubank was in serious trouble on his way to the end of the 11th round, but unleashed a devastating right-hook that nearly finished the fight there and then. Eubank finished the fight off in the 12th with a series of punches, but shortly after Watson collapsed in a heap in the corner of the ring. After eight minutes of lying in danger, and no medical staff on sight, Watson was only saved – just. This was the end of the “killer” aspect of Eubank, preparing to finish fights on decision from there on after.
Seen as arrogant and extremely out of touch with other boxers, due to his posh accent and large vocabulary, Eubank made a fool of his critics for years to come and his 1993 re-match with Benn came to an end with a pulsating draw, and he continued to fight the likes of Steve Collins and Joe Calzaghe. This was the beginning of Calzaghes rise to fame, and his victory over Eubank on points was the beginning of the end for Eubank.
He moved into Cruiserweight before losing to Carl Thompson in a rematch for the WBO Cruiserweight title. The fight was stopped for a cut and it was at this point that Eubank knew his time as a boxer was finished.