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This Sunday morning, Brian steps into the ring with the one and only Christopher Livingstone Eubanks. In what is to be one of the best episodes in London Real history, we get an uncompromising portrait of the great icon and legend of British boxing.
There are no half-measures in boxing. In a sport that pushes the human body to it’s absolute peak, it’s all or nothing every day. Eubank is a man that has experienced high performance on a scale few of us could dream, on Sunday we hear the story from both inside the ring and outside it. Eubank is a gentleman, as sharp and as vivid a storyteller as there is, sharing with signature poetic eloquence a biography forged in blood, sweat and perseverance.
From poverty and trouble in school, to the top of his game his story is one of greatness. In his first 10 years as a professional boxer Eubank went undefeated. He held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight, was world champion for over 5 years. Pushing himself to the limit he has inspired thousands to put on the gloves and to step in the ring. The life lessons of a boxer, however, are just as real and relevant in any context.
Whoever you are, whatever you do this is one interview that will change you. Tune in.
02:26 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:07 Brian’s Introduction.
06:41 Tell them you feel great. Act it and show them you mean it.
11.16 Acting great without the manners, is trouble.
12:57 Constant analysis of his aspirational persona as a respected warrior.
15:43 The qualities of the warrior going into the boxing ring.
19:58 Developing ways to gain respect and a desire to be called English.
25:03 Early days in New York.
27:26 Nelson Mandela’s example of how a great man can show humility.
31:10 The Pale Blue Dot.
35:51 Why Chris Eubank would like to debate with Stephen Fry following his statement about God.
48:31 Being a fighter, justice becomes part of you.
49:25 His response to the public perception that a fighter cannot be against violence because they put those two together.
51:49 There’s nothing you can’t do, you just have to mean it.
55:09 How he overcame areas where he knew he was at a disadvantage.
57:40 What happens on the night, only determined by what you have done months and years before.
1:01:17 Rivalry with Nigel Benn who was terrifying.
1:03:24 Temptation of another fight with Nigel Benn.
1:03:24 View of Mayweather v Pacquiao fight.
1:09:44 His bottom line is in the ring.
1:10:53 Movement is a key ability.
1:13:14 Taking punishment, continuing to fight knowing you will not win, but then winning.
1:15:16 How did he win that first fight with Michael Watson?
1:16:08 After a knockdown, jumping back up with something in him to put behind one punch.
1:24:36 The aftermath of that punch which created a blood clot on Watson’s brain.
1:29:44 What it is about Michael Watson that inspires Chris.
1:31:19 How that fight affected Chris.
1:36:17 Adopting a unique style.
1:37:50 Winning the hearts of people when he was losing fights.
1:41:29 Participating in documentaries and what he tries to convey when speaking publically.
1:48:11 Chris’ part in his son Chris Eubank Jnr becoming a boxer.
1:50:26 Is Chris happy his son is a boxer?
1:51:59 Why did he once say “Boxing is a mugs game and I will not promote boxing because it is barbaric.”?
1:51:42 It is what you project. Chris recalls the quote attributed to Nelson Mandela.
1:54:11 It is our light within that most frightens us.
1:56:13 How does a sportsman deal with retirement? The apt Desiderata quotation.
1:59:31 Committing to memory quotations which resonate with him and using them to inspire others.
2:02:28 Success secrets.
2:03:15 I don’t like fame, I love it.
2:06:07 In 10 years, what will Chris be advocating for those who want to make it in what they want to do.
2:10:01 Does he still box? Brace yourself Brian!
2:13:02 Phone call to the 20 year old Chris Eubank.
2:16:16 He is a harsh critic of himself.
2:16:59 Best advice he ever received.
2:19:55 Advice to the 20 year old watching.
2:20:44 Brian’s summing up.
Chris Eubank Books:
Chris Eubank: The Autobiography
People mentioned in this episode:
Chris Eubank Jnr.
Floyd Mayweather Jnr.