CHRIS EUBANK, who had starved himself of food and liquid for three agonising days, stared longingly at three large jugs filled to the brim with pineapple juice.
He had them put on a table close to the scales as he waited impatiently to weigh in for his WBC super-middleweight title defence against American Dan Schommer.
Chris Eubank punches Dan Schommer after starving himself to make the weight
A dangerously dehydrated Eubank laboured to victory over the American
After making the 12-stone limit, Eubank raced to the jugs with the speed of a desperate man who had been lost in a desert suddenly coming across a life-saving oasis.
That scenario was played out in Sun City, South Africa, 28 years ago and I’ve never forgotten the sight of Chris, his body dangerously bone-dry through dehydration, gulping down all three jugs without stopping to take a breath.
As a result of putting himself through such a severe weight-reducing process, his performance was well below par and he struggled to outpoint the mundane Schommer.
It was no surprise to me when Eubank last week expressed grave fears at the risk his super-middleweight son Chris Jr was taking by agreeing to get down to 157lbs for his catchweight clash with welterweight Conor Benn at London’s O2 Arena on October 8.
The Brighton braggart knows only too well from bitter experience how making weight can leave a fighter weak, even hours after rehydrating.
He claims making his boy get down to 157lbs is suicidal and says he will try to get Chris Jr to pull out, saying: “This fight should not be allowed to happen – it is too dangerous.”
Chris Jr dismissed his father’s concerns about his safety though he did admit having to scale down to 11st 3lbs means he will only be 60 per cent of his best when he faces unbeaten Benn.
To ensure Chris Jr is taking weight off gradually and sensibly, the British Boxing Board of Control have been monitoring him and will continue to do so for the next two weeks.
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In fact, Eubank Sr should be even more concerned about Conor, who is up against a much bigger man with vastly more experience.
Because there is such a marked difference between the size of the two men, precautions are being taken in an attempt to try to make it a more even playing field.
Chris Jr is contracted to have a second weigh-in at 11 o’ clock on the morning of the fight and he won’t be allowed to put on more than 10lbs overnight.
But in the 11 hours before he steps in the ring it is possible he could eat two meals and he will certainly have drunk plenty of water.
Just one litre of water is equivalent to 2.2lbs and I would very surprised if Eubank isn’t well over a stone heavier than Conor by the time the first bell sounds.
That’s an enormous advantage over such a much smaller opponent.
In this column in July I wrote there must be reservations about the validity of Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank’s kids fighting each other and suggested it smacks of a money-making gimmick.
There has never been a more acrimonious rivalry in British boxing history generated by the two battles between their fathers in the 90s – and as expected their heirs’ hostilities have certainly caught the fans’ imagination.
But boxing is dangerous enough already without putting extra perilous obstacles in a fighter’s way.
Teddy Atlas, who was teenager Mike Tyson’s first trainer and one of America’s most respected, once said “Catch-weights are essentially breaking the rules to benefit someone else – a blight on the sport.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the seven punches in boxing
These seven punches are: jab cross, hook hook, uppercut straight right, left hook and body shot. These punches are used for attacking the opponent’s body, head, and legs.
How many punches can a human take?
A punch is defined by “a blow delivered using a fist”. One punch is all that a human can take. When someone hits you in the face, he/she is punching you. You cannot hit him/her back. That would be two punches.
What is the best way to practice boxing with no partner?
So, if you want to practice boxing without a partner, you can simply watch professional boxing matches on TV. You might also be able to find an amateur club nearby. Amateur boxesing clubs usually hold regular training sessions. These sessions typically include sparring partners that hit pads together.
Punching bags are another option for practicing boxing. Before you hit the bag, make sure to wear protective gear like boxing gloves.
What is Boxing?
Boxing is a sport in which two people fight to knock one another out. They do this by hitting each other in the head and face. The goal of boxing, is to strike your opponent as hard as you can without causing injury. For this to happen, both boxers have to be able and willing to throw punches at a high rate of speed. They must also have good hand-eye coordination.
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How to setup a Boxing Gym at my House
Many people are curious about how to start a boxing business. Many people are curious about how much equipment they should purchase, what type of space they need, and how many employees they will require. There are many things that will affect the cost to start your own business. Some of these factors are location, type and number of employees, budget, competition, etc. However, most people neglect the importance of quality equipment. You can’t start if you don’t have the right equipment. So if you really want to start a boxing gym in your home, here are some tips to help you out.
- You need to have somewhere you can train. Anyplace you can train is fine, whether it’s in your garage, basement, spare or living area. The only requirement is that there must be enough space to set up the equipment.
- You will need at least one punching bag. It is crucial because you will not be able practice punches if you don’t have a punching bag. It can be anything, from a lightweight plastic bag to an expensive leather bag. It should be big enough that you can comfortably carry it. Make sure it’s durable and sturdy so you can use it over the years.
- A mat is necessary. Matting is used for protecting floors and walls during kick practice. It is usually made of foam rubber. They can be purchased online as well as in offline shops.
- A bench is essential. Bench is used to support your body while doing pushups. They can be purchased online or offline stores. Be sure to select the right size.
- Speedbags are essential. Speedbags allow you to make quick hand movements. These bags can be bought online or offline. It is important to ensure that you purchase a product of high quality and lasting value.
- Headgear is necessary. You need a headgear to protect your head while sparring. You can purchase it online or in stores. Make sure you get something that fits and protects your face.
- Gloves are necessary. Gloves are necessary to protect your hands when sparring. These gloves can be bought online or in stores. Pick the pair that suits you best.
- A mouthpiece is required. Mouthpieces protect your teeth when sparring takes place. These can be purchased online or in-store. Make sure you choose the pair that fits your style and meets your needs.
- Rings are essential. Rings are used to simulate real fights. They can be purchased offline or online stores. Make sure that it has padding on both sides so that you aren’t injured during sparring sessions.
- You will need a towel. To wipe away sweat after each session, towels are necessary. They can be purchased at local sporting goods store or online stores. They should be soft and absorbent.