Top critical review
Great Topic, Badly Covered
on 8 March 2017
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn. Two hugely contrasting characters but also world class boxers. Both careers tinged with tragedy where their opponents suffered life changing injuries. The fights between the eloquent Eubank and the brash brawler Benn were great contests, with a certain amount of controversy - especially regarding the outcome of the rematch. Let's be honest, to anyone with a half decent boxing knowledge and adequate amount of writing talent this is a book that writes itself.
So how does the tale hold up in the hands of Ben Dirs? Badly. Dirs is a hack who has somehow made his way into the boxing department of the bbc, where he was widely ridiculed on the 606 forum for his terrible coverage. He'd frequently copy posts from users for his facile blog as it became obvious he lacked the analytic skill to write anything insightful about upcoming fights. Instead, you'd get blogs about smoozing with celebs in Las Vegas in the build-up to a big fight. Unfortunately, 'The Hate Game' is just another whitewash. No insight, no undiscovered details, nothing that you couldn't get from an afternoon on youtube/wikipedia. To be honest, I'd seriously advise anyone wanting the lowdown on these two fighters to just watch the pre-fight interviews and the actual fights themselves, which are widely available on the internet. This book offers nothing new.