It’s difficult to take ex-boxer Chris Eubank seriously these days when he’s lording it up wearing a moniker and lisping philosophy that he appears to have fund in a Christmas cracker but in his time he was a devastatingly good boxer with some astonishing fights none more so than his bouts with Nigel Benn who held him in utter contempt. So it’s hardly surprising that their encounters in the ring are to be made into a film which will chart the former world champion fighter’s journeys and maverick personalities and the intense rivalry that culminated in two anticipated fights in the early 1990s.
Benn v Eubank will be directed and co-written by Kieron Hawkes (Piggy), whose recent high-end TV credits include J K Rowling crime-drama Cormoran Strike for BBC, Ripper Street and Fortitude. The film will be co-written by sports writer Daniel Harris and produced by Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman. The production is aiming to shoot later this year but the two fighters are not personally involved in the film.
A spokeman said,’Our aim is to bring back those memories and feelings, to remind people just why they remain two of the most compelling characters in British sports history. In order to do so we’ve put together a true dream team for this feature project.’
It should be quite a sight to see the fights re-staged as each try to lick each other in the ring (‘You’re fired!’ – Ed)