Chris Eubank Jr had a unique experience growing up as the son of a true boxing legend.
His father, Chris Sr, remains one of the most famous sportsmen in the country and, as a teenage, Eubank Jr was expected by his peers to uphold the family’s fighting reputation.
Despite Eubank Sr not wanting to see his son follow in his footsteps, Jr could not be drawn away and so resorted to running with street gangs.
“This was before I started boxing, this was from like 13/14,” Eubank Jr explained to FightHub
“To this day there’s a video of me on YouTube street fighting in a car park when I was about 15.
“And I was doing that like every other week.
“It didn’t make any sense because I’d live the street life and then I’d go home to a multi-million pound mansion.
“Then the next day I’d put on my tie and my suit and I’d go to private school.
“But then after that I went back to the streets…
“I was like an enforcer, I wasn’t the guy robbing and selling drugs.
“There were people doing that, but I was the guy – if there were problems with other people outside of the gang – I would go and help.
“I didn’t care about the gang, I just like to be able to go and fight, it was just in me.
“Once I found boxing, I just fell in love with it.”
During his career, Eubank Sr famously stood up against the sport of boxing, declaring it a ‘mug’s game’.
He therefore was adamant his son would not fight for a living, however Jr insists it was inevitable.
“I guess I just had this fire in me,” Eubank Jr continued, “I played all sports, I was just heavily into competing.
“My father stopped me from boxing for a couple of years, he didn’t think I’d be tough enough.
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“He didn’t know the stuff I was doing outside of school.
“It got to the point where I was just constantly saying, ‘Listen, let me box, let me go to the gym, let me do this, let me try this.’
“Eventually he gave in. I knew that I wanted to be a fighter because all these sports I’d been playing for years as a kid, once I started boxing I cut all of it out.
“Everything just seemed boring for me and this was the ultimate form of competition.
“I knew that it was good for me because it was channelling all this energy that I was using in negative ways, getting into fights and stuff like that.
“After you’ve had a long two/three hour gym session getting your a*** kicked by people more experienced than you, you don’t wanna go running around on the street looking for more trouble.
“I started to see my attitude change as a person, I didn’t want to go out and cause trouble any more.
“It changed my life, it changed the path that I was going down. So I have a lot to thank for the sport of boxing.”