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Excellent Story of a Great Era,
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This review is from: The Hate Game: Benn, Eubank and British Boxing's Bitterest Rivalry (Hardcover)
Reading Ben Dirs' excellent book reminded me of a time when even my mum talked about boxing. Nigel Benn was involved in some of the most exciting fights involving a British fighter and people tuned in expecting fireworks. Eubank was the panto villain that everybody claimed to hate but couldn't help but tune in to watch him, even though he was involved in some stinkers. But the real point of the book is to say that they would never have been what they were without each other. Like every great rivalry (Prost/Senna, Ali/Frazer etc) they were fortunate to have a bitter rival of comparable ability allied to the fact that they both oozed charisma. When all those things combine the result is memorable. Dirs tells the story well and gets good contemporary interviews with the likes of Benn, Watson, Warren, Hearn etc. It is just a shame that Eubank did not provide more testimony. In my view at the end Benn comes across as the more likeable man and better boxer due to the fact that he beat top Americans, whilst Eubank unashamedly admitted to avoiding them.