Chris Eubank is moved to tears when discussing with Piers Morgan the tragic events surrounding his rematch with Michael Watson, who is present in the audience
Chris Eubank Jr was moved to tears when recording tonight’s episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, as their discussion turned to the tragic events surrounding his 1991 rematch with Michael Watson, who suffered life-changing injuries but has made an inspiring recovery and was present in the audience for the ITV show.
Struggling to find the right words, Eubank breaks down, stammering out an apology through the tears, before Watson graciously tells his friend and former conqueror: "Let’s move on Chris, it’s all right, it’s okay bruv. Let’s move on in life. Peace and love. I love you Chris. It’s all in the past, let’s move on in life Chris. We’re here together. Let’s live and love. I love you Chris. Let’s move on. We are born warriors, we are real. God bless you Chris."
Before understandably dissembling, Eubank had shown sincere appreciation for Watson’s determination, saying, "I don’t really know whether I can even still make sense of what happened. You know, him having to go through what he’s gone through and to still be here..."
Following their warm exchange, Eubank showers Watson with further praise. "You are a standard bearer," he says. "As soon as you start fighting in that ring or on that mat, you know, you’ve got the world looking at you because the first instinct of a man is to protect. That is to fight. Now, can you be a gentleman while you’re doing it? Can you do it truly? Can you go beyond? You can’t win a fight, so do you quit because you can’t win or do you go on taking that beating? And if you can go on taking that beating, what you’re doing for the public, you are you are lifting their spirits. And there’s no better vocation, lifting the spirits of others. You know, whatever your predicament, whatever situation you’re in, you can rise. And that’s what we do."
In an emotional interview, Eubank Sr, now 54 and an integral part of his son’s career, also discusses his family and marriages, rivalry with Nigel Benn and tough childhood.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.