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Lee

Eubanks chin & strength were super-natural. I remember Anthony Logan a guy who scored all of his career KOs/kds with a left hook. Eubank took that left hook in his fight with Logan and wasn’t even unsteady, it sounded like a shotgun going off. Then Benn’s shots that destroyed iron-chinned De Witt, Simms & Barkley couldn’t get Eubank. Watson landed 500 powershots in their second bout, and Eubank dropped to a knee and got right back up!& throws an uppercut from hell. Calzaghe lands a PEACH of a southpaw left hook, so powerful that Eubanks flys through the air! He jumps straight back up, eyes clear, head clear, smiling and laughing! Then Carl Thompson who weighed 205 lbs. in razor tight condition: he couldn’t even budge Eubank!!!!!!& Eubank throws an uppercut from hell at one point that takes CT’s feet off the canvas, that same shot wouldve put any 175 fighter also on their back (and I include RJJ in that)!!! This guy deserves all the credit in the world, Christopher Livingstone Eubank

Posted May 29, 2013 6:03 am 


Mick the Marmalizer

I always loved the Reg Guttridge quite: The Ego has landed!

Posted May 29, 2013 5:20 am 


AssyrianGod2

@Banj0- the Problem with RJJ as a Super Middle is that he was champ for only 2 years, or just under. Whereas Eubank was champ for twice that period and had far more in the way of Title fights at the weight, and was active at the weight for longer. Jones soon moved up to Light Heavy where he was most effective. Had he stayed in the division longer, AND beaten both Eubank and Benn, then you could say he was ”maybe” the best SM of the 90′s (as Calzaghe came on in that decade too). RJJ’s problem at that weight was his short tenure and failure to meet those two fighters. At Light Heavy too, he should have fought Michalcewski, who was far better than the opponents he beat. So for me, excellent though he was, there are still a few question marks about RJJ. Certainly at SM I’d rate Eubank second only to Calzaghe, with Benn, Collins and Cordoba following. I’d forget Ottke, as he fought every fight at home, ducked Calzaghe repeatedly and got a number of gift decisions.

Posted May 28, 2013 7:39 pm 


Berry

Eubank knocked out Graham in sparring, and would’ve knocked out Jones Jr.

Posted May 28, 2013 6:34 pm 


Shane

He never flew across a pond to fight which means he was a gutless bum. Froch fan logic.

Posted May 28, 2013 5:47 pm 


banjo

AssyrianGod2, most people, including the fighters of the day seem to acknowledge jones jnr as the best. unfortunately his greatness suffers from a mayweather cloud. he never proved it when he should have. so in every way i can think, no respect. but i didn’t know the man so what do i know?

Posted May 28, 2013 3:02 pm 


AssyrianGod2

Eubank was the best SM in the world in his day

Posted May 28, 2013 2:50 pm 


banjo

dmx, when asked if he would ever fight herol graham, eubank replied that he wouldn’t fight somebody he couldn’t hit. after umpteen rounds sparring bomber, eubank was nothing if not honest. big respect.

Posted May 28, 2013 2:47 pm 


banjo

jaguar, i hadn’t seen the discussion you mentioned, but i’m going to watch it now. thanks.

Posted May 28, 2013 2:42 pm 


phillip

simply the best, he was golden viewing -pure theatre. his composure under pressure was superhuman. his style was one of his own with those robotic, martial arts-like movements, the long steps in and out of range and change of direction around the ring, hands held together at waist height (r.hatton later adopted that stance), looking to slip or counter whenever static, his reflexes were special. his chin was frightening. as i say, simply-the-best!!

Posted May 28, 2013 2:08 pm 


eubanksconcretechin

toughest chin in the business ! Have you ever looked at his physical states. To boil down to middleweight was an achievement in itself. Then he would do the whole body pose routine lol Great character , performer and smart underrated boxer.
If you don’t get Eubank just watch the first Benn fight and then you will see what a warrior he was. He went straight to hospital after from swallowing blood and hurt in the gusthhh
The Watson 2 fight , as mentioned, changed him unfortunately, but still gave JC fits late in their fight and so nearly pulled off moving up 2 weight classes at late notice in the very last innings of his carear. Pure class !

Posted May 28, 2013 1:36 pm 


KOrnerman

what about the articulated truck he used to go around in lol, eccentric nutter.

Posted May 28, 2013 10:16 am 


mack

Eubanks was a great fighter and a true original. I always liked him, but, back in the day, as many people hated him. I remember him taking his title on a world tour meeting a number of challengers in different countries in a very short time. A bit of a stunt, but it showed how good he was.

Posted May 28, 2013 10:01 am 


Jaguar

Banjo, likely you aleady know, but in case you missed it have a look on Youtube: The gloves are off – The SMW. Part of the Froch – Kessler II build up, with Eubank, Roy, Calzaghe, Collins and Richie. More or less covered your question, why they all avoided/ or were unable to travel and partly mentioned in my earlier post. Very interesting watch, although being a huge Eubank, Benn and Calzaghe fan still can’t help but think Roy Jones Jr comanded a little more recognition on the show for his accomplishments.

Posted May 28, 2013 7:44 am 


banjo

damien, cultural miopia is kind of a US tradition and the author of this article isn’t the worst sufferer of the condition out there. persever buddy

Posted May 28, 2013 6:23 am 


Damian

I read everything up to the phrase “non-US”

Is that how we class fighters now – US or non-US?

Posted May 28, 2013 5:09 am 


DMX

Eubank / Benn / Collins earned Millions between fighting each other
Spare a thought for Herol Graham who Eubank admits probably would have beaten all of them

Herol Graham still working as a Fitness Instructor in a UK Gym

Posted May 28, 2013 5:06 am 


banjo

great article. what were the main reasons the british smws of the time didn’t fight the americans? i remember after the only one that did happen, benn mccleland, benn saying jones jnr was the best but he wasn’t afraid and still wanted to fight him. after the mccleland fight, who could doubt his sincerity, but the fight didn’t happen for some reason.

Posted May 28, 2013 4:57 am 


2nd2nunn

Good point mick. He not only stepped foot on US soil, but lived there for a while. The writer should have stated he never fought there when he was famous or a champ.

Posted May 28, 2013 4:31 am 


Mick the Marmalizer

Arrr: The Brighton Braggot! well he won me over in the end. He had is first 1/2 dozen fights in the USA & learned his trade well. Yes chin of granite & believe he only lost to old father time!

Posted May 28, 2013 4:12 am 


no clue

Chris – the heart of lion the chin of iron Eubank … this sums him up best

Posted May 28, 2013 3:47 am 


PrimaCarnero

Disagree that Eubank’s legs had gone, if they had Carl Thompson, a big hitting Cruiser, woulda KO’d him. Eubank lost that killer instinct, had Collins literally out on his feet, but stood off him, even then I had Eubank winning both fights, just! He got back the aggression for the Calzaghe and Thompson fights, but it was too late, Calzaghe was just too good and Thompson just too big. Still Eubank was an established World Champ at two weights, had some great wins against World Class fighters; Benn, Watson, Rochiggiani, Thornton, Holmes, Essett, Holland, Close etc

Posted May 28, 2013 3:13 am 


DMX

Was lucky enough to be at Eubank v Benn I at the old Birmingham NEC
As a teenager, it was my “first” big fight
Even though since then,
I’ve been Vegas and NY Maddison, nothing compared to that
Still rates as THE best fight atmosphere I have ever witnessed . . .

Watched the Froch fight over the weekend and firmly believe as styles, chins and staminas make fights . . .

A PEAK Eubank v Froch would have probably been one of the best SM Fights ever
Not on a UK level
On a world Level . . .

They were made for each other

I’d have to favour Eubanks, a possible late stoppage or razor thin decision

Posted May 28, 2013 2:53 am 


Jaguar

Good article, nice to see appreciation from across the pond, albeit by just a few. Eubank was a beast, great showman/skills and chin. Wish there were more characters like him in the sport of boxing.

Although Roy Jones jr would have been understandably the favourite I would have given it a 50/50 fight, since neither had fought anyone remotely close like one another. I appreciate Eubank admitting it would have been suicidal to go up againt Roy, but that’s just him having softened up now and being a gentleman. Ask the same question to the more hungrier 80′s/90′s Eubank and he would have been chomping at just the idea, of course travelling been the only big obstacle. Oh well.. thimply the besth.

Posted May 28, 2013 1:53 am 


Big Rich

Did Otkke ever not fight tomato cans and fighters out of his own country?

Posted May 27, 2013 10:51 pm 


Big Rich

Eubank was never the same after the watson fight. I remember him hurting Steve Collins and standing off him to allow collins to recover! The killer instinct that a boxer needs was gone! Great chin, underatted skill, killer right hand! Footage on Youtube of him KOing a Brazillian fighter with the first punch of the fight! Also a real showman!
Unfortunate he never got to fight James Toney, it would have been a cracking fight!

Posted May 27, 2013 10:51 pm 


Boxrec

Ottke was the best, he will be as famous as Ward.

Posted May 27, 2013 9:36 pm 


Blast from the past

It was Frank Cappuchino, getting mixed up with Benn v Eubanks 1, 22 years ago

Posted May 27, 2013 9:33 pm 


Blast from the past

I remember the first Eubanks v Watson fight, I remember Richard Steele saying he didn’t think Watson won the fight, he was the ref.

Posted May 27, 2013 9:27 pm 



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