|Christopher Livingstone Eubanks was born on 8th August 1966 in Dulwich, London, England.
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He later deleted the 's' from his surname and spent his early years in Jamaica before returning to rough parts of South and East London. Eubank spent his early teens at care homes or sleeping rough before his boxing brother Peter let Chris work as an assistant in his two fights with Barry McGuigan Eubank flew to New York to live with his father in 1982. There he attended Morris High School and started training at the Jerome Boxing Club in the South Bronx. He won the Spanish Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament (beating Dennis Milton in the final) in New York City in 1984 and briefly became the number-one junior-middleweight in the USA. Despite many offers to turn professional in boxing, Eubank quit the sport directly after winning his first tournament, claiming that boxing didn't define him.
Eubank returned to the sport after running up a $250 telephone bill that his mother couldn't afford and had four four-round fights in Atlanic City, he won them all with little training. Barney Eastwood contacted him and asked him if he would be interested in working as a sparring partner for Herol 'Bomber' Graham and Slugger O'Toole in April 1987. English fighters John Beckles and John Ellis, who were training at Gleason's Gym in New York, had told Eastwood about Eubank. Eubank had another four-round fight in at Atlantic City to help pay for the flight back to England.
Eubank made the South coast town of Brighton his adopted home. Boxing manager Keith Miles was so impressed with what he saw of Eubank at a gymnasium in the fall of 1987 that he persuaded him to have a try at professional boxing. Miles became Eubank's manager. Former Brighton boxer Ronnie Davies was so imprtlanessed with what he saw of Eubank at the shows he was promoting at the Town Hall in Hove that he became Eubank's trainer.
Eubank was rated as one of the 15 best middleweight's in the world following his win over Tony Logan. He had a 20-0 record by 1990 and was now managed and promoted by Barry Hearn. He soon became one of the most famous boxers in Britain thanks to his trademark posturing and signature vault over the top rope. His arrogance (his theme song was Simply The Best by Tina Turner) also ensured that he was the man everybody loved to hate; he was inspired by a former American wrestler called Gorgeous George who realised that the customers would pay top dollar to see the downfall of an obnoxious boaster. His dress sense and Bertie Wooster English gent routine ensured further media attention.
During his career Nigel Benn was to become Eubank's greatest rival. Benn was a superb knockout-puncher, one of the hardest hitters of all time. He was considered a much more exciting fighter than Eubank, and the general public always wanted Benn to beat him. Their first fight in 1990 ended in a late round nine stoppage win for Eubank. Benn would redeem himself in 1993, somewhat, when he drew with Eubank - a point was deducted from Benn for hitting below the belt leading to a draw.
Eubank won the WBC International middleweight title early in 1990 and made two successful defences of the title in his hometown of Brighton. Both defences were shown live on EPSN in the United States. Eubank exploded into the bigtime with his win over arch-rival Nigel Benn for the WBO World middleweight title in November 1990 at the NEC in Birmingham.
Eubank almost quit boxing following an ill-fated bout with Michael Watson, that left Watson wheelchair-bound. After this fight, Eubank seemed to lose his finishing instinct - he appeared content to allow fights to go the full 12-round duration while purposely doing only just enough to keep heis undefeated record and remain champion.
Eubank revelled in his role as the game's great showman, with his fights shown live all over the world. He was the originator of true boxing arena entry. He was also often hilarious the way he'd stand around and pose between rounds, or tap his gloves together with a smug look on his face and seem not to have a care in the world.
Before a fight on St Patricks weekend in Ireland, Irish boxer Steve Collins fooled Eubank and the world into believing that he was hypnotised and incapable of being hurt. This ploy, and others, seemed to wrong foot Eubank who was mentally fragile since the Michael Watson incident, and he controversially lost his first fight. Eubank had Collins down and then out on his feet, but held back for the rest of the fight.
Away from boxing, Eubank comes across as an ecenentric. He talks with a lisp, dresses eccentrically (wearing jodhpurs, bowler hat and riding boots, and famously sporting a monocle), drives outlandish vehicles (a customised Harley Davidson and the largest truck in Europe) and carries a cane.
In 1991 and 1993 he won the Britan's Best Dressed Man award, given by the Menswear Association of Great Britain. In 1998 and 2001 he won the Gold Tie Pin Award. In 1993 and 1995 he won the Daily Express Best Dressed Sportsman award.
Eubank and his wife, Karron, have four children. In 2003 they invited television cameras to follow their lives for nine months; the resulting show, At Home With The Eubanks, was broadcast on the UK television channel Channel Five. In 2001, Eubank appeared in the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother on the UK television channel Four. In the 2003 Channel Four poll, 100 Worst Britons We Love To Hate, Eubank was ranked 96th.
Karron petitioned for divorce from Eubank in August 2005.
In a poll published by BBC Homes and Antiques magazine in January 2006, Eubank was voted the second most eccentric star, being beaten by Bjork.
Eubank's colourful personality has led him into the courtroom on two occasions, once in the dock. In 1989 Eubank performed a citizen's arrest of a jewellery thief. On September 1st 2005 Eubank was found guilty of taking and driving a vehicle without permission. The conviction was in relation to an incident in Brighton in which Eubank had got into a lorry making a delivery of beer and moved it from its position blocking the road. Eubank was trying to take his children to school at the time. He received a £450 fine and received six endorsement points on his driving licence. He was cleared of the stiffer charge of aggravated vehicle-taking.
In November 2005, Eubank was declared bankrupt, owing £1.3 million in taxes.
In 2004, Eubank's self-titled autobiography was published, in which he revealed his secrets and life story, along with his boxing talent.