Chris is a British boxing legend and a much-loved media personality. His sporting talent and quirky sense of humour have kept him in the limelight for a number of years.
Christopher Livingstone Eubanks (later opting to delete the ‘s’ from his surname) was born on 8 August 1966, in South London and spent his early days in Jamaica, from two months old to six years old, when he returned to England.
When he was 16 he went to live in New York with his mother. In his spare time he trained at the Jerome Boxing Club. He won the 1984 Spanish Golden Gloves Tournament and also got to the semi-final stage of the main Golden Gloves tournament at Madison Square Garden at aged 18.
Chris won the WBO middleweight title against Nigel Benn (and the odds) in a classic encounter. His career as a middleweight ended with a 28–0 record. He went on to win the WBO super middleweight title.
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” anthem.
In 1991 Eubank publicly launched the ‘Breast Cancer’ charity ‘Breakthrough’ on breakfast television .
In 1991 and 1993 he won Britain’s Best Dressed Man award, given by the Menswear Association of Great Britain. In 1993 and 1995 he won the Daily Express Best Dressed Sportsman award and in 1998 and 2001, the Gold Tie Pin Award.
In 2001, Eubank was the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary entitled “When Louis Met…Chris Eubank”, in which Theroux and his camera crew accompany Eubank for a period. In 2003, they invited television cameras to follow their lives for nine months; the resulting show, At Home With The Eubanks, was broadcast on Five.
In October 2009, Eubank was appointed as the first ambassador for gambling charity GamCare, to support and encourage responsible gambling.
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).
He featured on the front cover of Esquire magazine for the April 1992 edition. He has featured in television advertisements for Nescafe, the Royal Mail, McDonald’s, and Jaffa Cakes and has modelled for Vivienne Westwood and Versace.