By Keith Lambert
Chris Eubank Sr, perhaps the toughest fighter of the 1980s and 90s, has questioned Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr’s toughness after hearing his complaints of below-par living conditions in serving his jail-time for breaking the law.
‘I slept on a bit of foam on the floor when I lived in South Bronx for five years and ate rotten bananas for dinner. I was sleeping rough on the streets of London at 14 (years old). Look to Mr (Nelson) Mandela, he endured 28 years of it and still was willing to endure more. It makes you question if Floyd Jr can claim greatness once he is finally taken to the trenches in a boxing ring or made to endure a professional loss.’
Another fighter big Chris has been disappointed with in recent times is fellow British super-middleweight Carl Froch. Of Froch’s arrogant boasting, he says: ‘Carl is only tarnishing his own legacy by trying to write his own history, which is a real shame. He does the work in the ring – as well as the road and gym – and achieves, and then he drags most of it down again by writing his own history. It’s heartbreaking.
‘I’m content with my own ring work and how I will be looked upon 100 years from now. Carl obviously isn’t content with his ring work or he wouldn’t feel the need to attempt writing his history.’
And what of Eubank’s recent hinting of a dramatic ring return himself, isn’t that contradicting the above statement?
‘No,’ he says. ‘Because I’m not claiming I will be world champion again. I’m interested in making history, however, and no successful fighter in history has come back to the squared circle following a significant layoff on the intention to show their offsprings precisely how to prepare and execute.
‘If I can maintain my health and maintain my respect, while increasing my wealth and increasing success of my sons; then why on Earth wouldn’t I return to the ring? Nobody has done it before and I will.’
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