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Latest round of fame for ex-boxer
By James Clarke
BBC News, South East

Chris Eubank
Former boxer Chris Eubank has always been a snappy dresser
Chris Eubank won fame as a champion boxer, but several years after retiring he still attracts plenty of attention.

Mr Eubank is a familiar figure in his home town of Hove, where he can often be seen driving round in a truck or his personalised Harley-Davidson motorbike.

He involves himself in events in the city and has been a part of an attempt to rebuild Brighton's West Pier.

And the smart style which helped make him one of sport's great characters tends to be his usual unique attire.

Mr Eubank, 39, was one of the world's top boxers in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

'English dandy'

He became middleweight world champion before moving up to super-middleweight and made 15 successful defences of his titles.

Since retiring from the ring Mr Eubank has become a regular face on television, usually reliable for an eccentric performance or entertaining soundbite.

Chris Eubank's truck in a protest against the Iraq war outside Downing Street
Mr Eubank used his truck in an Iraq war protest outside Downing Street

He was a contestant in the very first Celebrity Big Brother in 2001 - becoming the first person to be voted out of the house.

And he was the subject of one of broadcaster Louis Theroux's celebrity BBC Two documentaries, with Theroux saying of him: "I don't think he's completely bonkers, his weirdness is impersonating this English dandy... no, actually, he is pretty odd."

He and his family - wife Karron and four children - were the stars of their own TV series on channel Five in 2003, At Home With The Eubanks.

Their home in Hove, East Sussex, helped him make the news again in 2004 when he was granted planning permission to knock his house down and replace it with 41 flats.

He is a familiar figure around the coastal city, often seen driving around in the cab of a lorry.

In October 2003 he drove the truck to London to stage a protest against the Iraq war.

Chris Eubank
Chris Eubank was a boxing world champion from 1990 to 1995

He parked outside Downing Street, sounded his horn for a minute, reversed into a delivery van and pleaded with a police officer to arrest him.

His motorbike is customised, with the name Harley-Davidson replaced by the words "Simply the best", the name of the Tina Turner song to which he used to enter the boxing ring.

He offered to auction the bike on Ebay to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami, but the top bid of 15,250 was below the reserve price.

Another cause he has tried to help is the derelict Brighton West Pier, with Mr Eubank involved in a consortium which wants to restore the pier.

In June 2004 he told the BBC: "Give me six months and I will raise the money myself.

"I'm not a liberal - if there's something that needs doing, come to me and I'll shout it from the rooftop.

"I'll even put it on the back of my truck and take it outside Downing Street, like I've been arrested for doing before."


SEE ALSO:
Eubank convicted over lorry row
01 Sep 05 |  Southern Counties
Eubank bike auction bidding ends
16 Jan 05 |  Southern Counties
Eubank wants to rebuild West Pier
29 Jun 04 |  Southern Counties
Eubank is first Big Brother knockout
11 Mar 01 |  Entertainment


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