Chris Eubank reveals his life tonight in Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV, from his career to wife and family.
During the hour-long interview, ex-boxer Chris collapses when he remembers putting an opponent into a coma.
And this is not the only controversy and the only scandal that haunted the famous athlete – there is a divorce and a bankruptcy.
Everything you need to know about Chris Eubank’s life and career is here.
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What is Chris Eubank famous for?
Chris competed as a British professional boxer from 1985 to 1998.
He held the WBO middle and super middleweight titles between 1990 and 1995 and is ranked the third best British super middleweight boxer of all time by BoxRec.
He reigned as world champion for over five years, was undefeated in his first 10 years as a professional and remained undefeated in the middleweight division.
His world title competitions against Britons Nigel Benn and Michael Watson went down in history – although his fight with Michael ended in tragedy.
Chris is equally famous for his eccentric personality – his accent, sense of style, and often flashy personal life.
In 2001 he appeared in the first series of the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4.
That same year he participated in Louis Theroux’s documentary, When Louis Met … Chris Eubank.
In 2003, the Eubanks invited television cameras to follow their lives for At Home with the Eubanks on Five for nine months.
In 2015 he participated in the 2015 series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!
It lasted 17 days and came in 9th place.
Who did Chris put in a coma?
During a fight between Chris and Michael Watson in 1991, Michael suffered a near-fatal brain injury that left him in a coma and eventually confined to a wheelchair.
Chris delivered a devastating uppercut that caused Michael to fall back and hit the back of his head against the ropes.
Referee Roy Francis ended the fight on round 12, after which Michael collapsed in the ring.
There was no ambulance or paramedic at the event, and the fallen fighter was not given oxygen for eight minutes.
It took a total of 28 minutes for Michael to be treated in a neurosurgical department at the hospital.
He was in a coma for 40 days and had six brain surgeries to remove a blood clot.
After regaining consciousness, he spent over a year in intensive care and rehabilitation and six more years as a wheelchair user.
Chris describes the catastrophic incident as “the only thing I regret in my career”.
During Michael’s recovery from the fight in 1991, he and Chris became friends.
Chris accompanied Michael for the final mile of the 2003 London Marathon, which Michael completed in six days to raise money for charity.
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Where is Michael Watson now?
Michael sued the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) for negligence and claimed damages of around £ 1 million.
In February 2017 Michael and his supervisor Lennard Ballack were carjacked in Chingford, London.
Michael suffered flashbacks and seizures after the event.
A judge sentenced the two attackers to 16 years in prison for their part in the attack and other crimes.
Michael actually sits in the audience during the filming of Piers Morgan’s life stories and features on the show.
Michael watches as Chris is crying because of the terrible accident and says to Chris, “It’s okay, let’s move on. Peace and love. “
Is Chris Eubank Married?
Chris and his first wife, Karron, were married on December 23, 1990 in Brighton.
They had four children – Christopher, Sebastian, Emily, and Joseph.
Chris also has a son, Nathanael Wilson.
Karron filed for divorce in August 2005.
In September 2014, Chris married his manager Claire Geary in Las Vegas, but the couple divorced in 2017.
She accused him of being “a fraud, a forgery and a liar”.
She said at the time: “I suspect he cheated on me. He told me I was stupid and naive to believe that a man could be faithful in a monogamous relationship.
“He’s a dancing, poetry-spurting idiot.”
Chris denies betraying Claire.
Who is Chris Eubank’s son?
Chris’ son, Chris Eubank Jr., is also a professional boxer.
He has held the WBA intermediate middleweight title since 2019 and previously held the same title in 2015.
At the age of 16, Chris Jr. and his brother Sebastian moved to the United States to live with a guardian named Irene Hutton.
This was done to help them get dual citizenship without having to get married and to improve their prospects for a sporting career.
Chris Eubank: The scandals
Chris’ personal life was followed by a scandal.
In 1992 he lost control of his car on the road from London to Brighton and was involved in a fatal collision.
The car came off the road and killed a construction worker.
He was charged and convicted of driving without care and attention.
He was fined £ 250 plus £ 1,450 costs and six penalty points on his driver’s license.
In October 2003 he was arrested for protesting against Tony Blair in his truck in Parliament Square, Westminster.
In 2005, Chris was convicted of taking a beer truck without consent.
Chris was arrested outside Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall in February 2007 on an alleged breach of the peace after driving his truck through central London.
Months later, he was charged with illegally protesting the war after parking his seven-ton truck in front of Downing Street.
Richard Hillgrove, Chris’ own PR consultant, fired him in 2006 for being “too eccentric”.
Chris owed £ 1.3m in taxes and was declared bankrupt in November 2009.
How old is Chris Eubank?
Christopher Livingstone Eubank was born on August 8, 1966 in Dulwich, London.
He is currently 54 years old.
Chris lived in Jamaica for between two months and six years.
After his return to England he lived in Stoke Newington, Dalston, Hackney and then in Peckham in a largely impoverished area.
He studied at Thomas Calton Secondary School in Peckham but was suspended 18 times within a year and later expelled.
As a teenager, Chris made a fresh start in New York battling drug, alcohol, and shoplifting addictions to develop a passion for boxing.
Chris Eubank on Piers Morgan’s life stories
The former world champion in the middle and super middleweight division discusses his career highs and lows.
Chris gets emotional while reliving the Michael Watson fight.
The former boxer also talks about his accent and demeanor, divorce and bankruptcy.
He also talks about his iconic 1990 win against strong rival Nigel Benn, his marriages, and the success of his son Chris Eubank Jr.
Chris talks about his older twin brothers Peter and Simon Eubanks, who were also boxers.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Chris Eubank will air on ITV1 Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9 p.m.
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