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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; New Ed edition (25 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007122322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007122325
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• ‘A cracking autobiography’ Daily Mirror

• ‘Eubank’s book is packed with eccentric detail of all three of his careers’ Daily Telegraph

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Chris Eubank exploded into the public consciousness in September 1990 with a dramatic and ferocious defeat of Nigel Benn for the WBO middleweight crown. Once crowned champion (he made 19 successful defences) his professional life accelerated into one of the most controversial and dynamic records in the history of the sport.

But his early life was so very different. Aged 15, Eubank was ejected from the last in a long line of care homes and was living on the streets. His life was a mess of shoplifting, burglary, drink and drugs from which there seemed no escape. In 1981, in a last-ditch attempt to drag himself from the abyss, he relocated to New York with his mother. Here he started boxing, aged 16, graduated from school, attended church and quit drink and drugs; within two years he had won the prestigious Spanish Golden Gloves Amateur title.

Some of the incredible experiences Chris recalls in his autobiography include: his involvement in a car crash which saw a man die, how he became Lord of the Manor of Brighton and bought the old Pier, his reaction to Michael Watson’s horrific injuries sustained in their 1992 super-middleweight contest and subsequent partial recovery, his visits to Mike Tyson in prison, his relationship with Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali, his passion for his truck (the largest in Europe), and his legendary sartorial elegance and extravagance.

Chris’ life outside of boxing is even more enigmatic and compelling. His internationally-renowned persona has made him a genuine household name, crowned ‘Sportsman of the Decade’, repeated winner of several ‘Best Dressed Man’ awards and figure-head for many high profile advertising campaigns.

Followed by Louis Theroux, harassed by the media and first to be voted out of the Comic Relief Big Brother house, he is unquestionably one of the world’s most famous and engaging personalities; his story, like the man himself, is gripping and unique. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Rhys on 30 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
i can say without a shaddow of a doubt this is one of the best boxing biographies i have read and i have read them all.honest,funny,brutal real great sports book.just proves how wrong you can be about someone,genuine nice person and character leaves nigel benns biographie for dead.must read for any boxing fan.love him or lothe him this book is simply the best!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thomas mark jones on 14 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A truly inspiring biography of an amazing human being and sportsman. I don't read that much and i will usually start to read a book then forget about it for ages then have to start all over again, but i just could not put this book down, i read it in 2 day's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Malark on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Chris Eubank was a fine boxer and a personal favourite of mine during the Nineties.

However, the first hundred pages of his autobiography threw me because the self-styled Country Gent was a homeless thief for a large chunk of his childhood, and, in spite of the moral code he insisted he stuck to as he criss-crossed his way across the South-East with other members of his gang, comes across as a highly unlikeable and cynical individual.

The book picks up when he's forced to flee to New York and takes up boxing.

For a man who's lived such an eventful life however, and he's inadvertently disabled one man in the ring, killed another in a road traffic accident and burnt two ladies' faces off, it's not quite the captivating read it should be. It just lacks a certain magic.

Eubank's eccentricities and largesse also leave you wondering whether there are actually some underlying mental health issues at play. Still, he is a character and, for a time, he was, unquestionably, Simply The Best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. S. Hundal on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Let's leave the boxing aside for a second. This book is a must read for everyone, any walk of life, male or female. Such a candidly open and fascinating read of the trials and tribulations we all go thorugh on a daily basis to achieve our goals and aspiarions. To know that a former World Super Middleweight Boxing champion has the same insecurites as you me and (Bob next door) is truly calming. Not to exaggerate this book in its own way works as a self help book, there is at least a couple of stories within that everyone can relate too. And the way Chris deals with each of these with honour, pride, a positive outlook and the upmost diligence is a lesson to us all. Mr Eubank I salute you.

Sandeep, Nottingham
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Balk on 26 Oct. 2010
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When Eubank was a fighter he was a difficult opponent because he was slick, onorthodox, combined speed with power,and had unbreakable selfconfidence. Outside the ring he is also a very difficult man. Trying to be a smart dandy kind of gentleman. The stories about his personal life are sometimes funny but most of the time sad because of his stupid behaviour. It's a miracle his ex wife didn't kill him in his sleep or became insane. On the other hand Eubank shows generousity towards other people financially. It's a shame how he made his money dissapear with stupid businessdeals.
I could not put the book away, i kept reading it until i was finished with the last page. The stories about his criminal youth and his relationships with his family are very interesting to read and he is a an example about how your youth shapes you into the person you become later in life.
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Having not been a Eubank fan when he was in his prime, but nonetheless appreciated his skill and artistry within the ring i was recommended this book by several friends.
I began reading with a little trepidation, reading the life story of someone i didnt particularly have any fondness for, and in all honesty my fears grew, as the book is a little slow in attracting your full concentration.
However, after the first three or four chapters i became mesmerised, and fully engrossed in what is a hell of a story.
I must admit i didnt realise Eubank had enjoyed such a "colourful" upbringing, then onto the hard road into boxing, new york style, during his formative years, continuing to hone his talent via thousands and thousands of training, sparring and gym sessions.

The main attraction of the book is twofold, One is the simplistic way the book is written, and its excellent descriptive manner, and secondly, although i have been an avid boxing fan for several decades, i was awoken to the sheer brutality of the fight game.

There are many recollections, any fight fan, will enjoy, be it, the Benn fights, or Watson, amongst many others, but there is also a simple but complex character that is Mr Eubank,who you cannot fail to warm to.

An excellent read....Enjoy.
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A very thoughtful and interesting book. I've read a few boxing autobiographies and this one is clearly unique. Love him or hate him this book will show you the real Chris Eubank. I'd always thought that his persona was merely an act or a form of attention seeking, and that he was just trying to be something he was not. Now I realise that is not the case (or not entirely).
After reading this book I have increased respect for Eubank, he may not be the true genius or have achieved the level of greatness he'd clearly like but, actually he has a fair degree of wisdom and is definitely a man with principles, conviction and integrity.
This book offers far more than just a run down of his life story. And it refreshing that for a man with such an egotistical image he is actually very humble about his achievements especially being honest about how close many of his fights were and how hard the victories were.
I'm sure to some degree he may have some form of OCD of even a mild psychological condition, but this may have been what enabled him to succeed by applying his obsessively high standards to his fight preparations.
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