By Keith Lambert
Following on from his views of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Carl Froch, WBO Middle/Supermiddle King of 1990-1995, Chris ‘Simply the Best’ Eubank, gives his verdicts on Pacquaio-Bradley and Haye-Chisora.
Of the controversial Pac-Bradley decision, Eubank said: ‘The judges had a job to do and they did it. There was a lot of missed punches from both fighters, but yes Pacquaio looked to have won it. The other chap, Bradley, had a tremendous muscular lining to his body, may I say.
‘Sometimes, certain insiders certainly will go out of their way to provide a more luxurious hospitality to certain judges, and this can sway their train of view, their scoring. I’m not saying this was the occurrence to cause a decision in the favour of Bradley, but these things do happen in boxing.’
Haye or Chisora?
‘Oh, I mean, you look at the record books; David has mixed in world-class for eight years now and Dereck Chisora has lost his previous three fights, has he? I will say it wouldn’t surprise me if David showed to be a little of a different league, or class, to Dereck!’
Regarding his son, Chris Jr, and his fights being screened on free-to-watch CH5 in the UK, Eubank points out the importance of early career exposure.
‘I kind of did it the other way around, in that I became a big star in mainland Europe before I became a big star in the United Kingdom, with my fights of the 1989/90 season beemed right across West Europe.
‘I would’ve given my favorite tooth to have the kind of exposure in this country that Nigel Benn and Audley Harrison had at the beginning of their careers. And I gave 10 years of my life for my son to have it now.
‘Through Benn, I expertly used ITV to enhance my public image of the man they love to hate and rake it in at the box office.
‘But you can only do that with free TV and not on the likes of Sky. My son has the ferocious ability to catch the imagination in the way Tyson did and the way Benn did, (and) the way Naseem did; but he must be kept busy and exposed to the wider public.’
I pointed out to Chris that the big discussion on many of the boxing forums of recent years was his supposed lack of meaningful opposition during his infamous title run. He was keen to set the record straight!
‘The difference between me and Nigel Benn and me and Joe Calzaghe and me and Carl Froch, is that I fought the fighters that nobody else would face whereas they fought the fighters that everybody else wanted to face.
‘The big names weren’t lining up to face me like they were for other middleweights and super-middleweights out of the United Kingdom. So I was left with the fights that the big names avoided and cleaned up.
‘Nigel, Joe, Carl – two world title fights in a year. Eubank fought five to six to seven world title fights in a year. Who took on all-comers? Let’s be objective!’
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