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20 Oct 2003

The full and frank life story of one of the greatest British boxers of modern times, whose unique mix of eccentric personality and strong moral values have made him a role model to thousands of fans the world over.

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, his reaction to Michael Watson’s horrific injuries sustained in their 1992 super-middleweight contest and subsequent partial recovery, his views on the ‘mugs game’ from which he has made his living, 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, and star of his own television programme At Home with the Eubanks, he is one of the world’s most engaging personalities; his story, like the man himself, is gripping and unique.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; 1st edition (20 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007122314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007122318
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,525 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.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRIS EUBANK 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASS ACT!!! What a man! 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly Eccentric. Or Mentally Ill. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 4 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down. it even inspired me to man up in my own life! A very interesting and controversial individual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By M. Balk
Format:Hardcover
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Despite his eccentric ways, Chris Eubank is a true Worldwide hero, if you were unable to see why during his boxing career then just purchase a copy of this gripping book. To be genuinely homeless and penniless and then turn that around into what he has, is truly inspiring and sensational - this great and charitable person helped inspire me from a young age to build a successful business and this book only provided further inspiration. Despite whatever happened through no fault of Chris's, as a boxer or in any walk of life when you are able to take a severe knock down and then get straight back up with integrity and knock your defeater down you are worthy of hero status. Chris Eubank is one the most misunderstood individuals, if you want to find out why buy this book. If you are not a cynic this warriors story can help you achieve great things. Enjoy his lesson...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The man inside the look. 11 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good read if you want to get inside Chris Eubanks head. A lot more on the outside of the ring than in it, and on the wrongs that have happened to him. A strong willed man with the exceptional dedication required to make it to the top of boxing. If you just want to read about the big fights then this is not for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An interesting read but a bit deep at times. I like reading sports biographies so this book hit the mark.
Published 3 days ago by Mr M A Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good read
Published 20 days ago by Mrs S Danvers-Jukes
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend
True English gent, master boxer and serious realist!
Would be one of ten people I would love to buy a drink for, eccentric Englishman of the highest order. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of broke my heart
If you watched Eubank in his prime and recognise, as I do, that he's one of the greatest and bravest boxers ever to enter the ring, I really can't recommend this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Broadbent
5.0 out of 5 stars most interesting autobiography of a boxer I have ever read
Fascinating read. Chris Eubank really is a one off. Covers his life outside the ring even more than the boxing. Could not put it down.
Published 5 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars The book was in an awful state.
I bought this book because it said it was in very good conditon but when I got it it was in an awful state.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by linda w
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good..
I didn't expect to enjoy this book half as much as i did - couldn't put it down & finished in 2days.
Published 6 months ago by Mr Steven Bromwich
5.0 out of 5 stars Eubank
What a book, what a read & what a man it's a knockout from start to the end ding! ding,
Published 7 months ago by samuel john stone
4.0 out of 5 stars I very much warmed to Chris eubank
To me Chris eubank was a good boxer with a rather extreme personality, but the more I read the more I liked him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - An account from Eubank's perspective
It is good to hear Chris Eubank's account of his early life.

Loved the parts about his life in America and how he taught himself to speak BBC English. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phil Harrington
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