Eddie Hearn tells old story of Chris Eubank Sr and a surprise birthday party that he was throwing for his father Barry Hearn one time, former long time promoter of Chris Eubank and best man at his wedding.
Since Chris Eubank senior announced that his son Chris Eubank Jr will box on ITV pay per view in the new year there has been a noticeable reaction from rival promoters in the UK, who are not happy to say the least.
Still at the time of this article, there is no definite date for the fight, nor have tickets started to go on sale yet – despite the fight been mooted to take place next month in February.
The usually calm Eddie Hearn over the Christmas holidays sat down with Kugan Cassius of IFL TV to let his true feelings about Chris Eubank senior out and in particular, one old story that he just can’t forget.
Eddie Hearn tells old story of Chris Eubank senior that he said ‘lives forever’ with him to this day:
“My dad was best man at his wedding. Some things live with you forever. When I phoned up Chris Eubank about two or three weeks before I was planning a 60th surprise party for my dad, in that garden and I said to him: ‘Chris I’m having a surprise 60th birthday party for my dad, I want to bring together all the people that are important to him and have played a big part in his life, and it would be great if you can attend.’ Do you know what he said to me? He asked me if there was an appearance fee. And I said: ‘It’s a surprise 60th birthday party for my dad, the guy that promoted you for many, many years.’ And he said: ‘But yeah you know, would there be a fee for me to get a driver?’. So I thought, is this geezer taking the p***? Then I thought, you know what, it’s embarrassing but it would be quite good to have him there strolling around doing his act. So I went: ‘Chris, you know what, I’ll pay for your driver no problem.’ He came up, did very well – worked the room as he does. And then we had a band playing and then, my phone was ringing and ringing and ringing. It was Eubank. He called me for about an hour. Then the security came in and said: ‘Chris Eubank is outside waiting for his 250 quid for his driver.’ So I went out there and gave him his 250 quid, and I’ve never forgotten about that.”
For the full interview check it out here via IFL TV YouTube (hat tip and credit):