Chris Eubank offers bizarre advice to injured boxer Anthony Ogogo ahead of his Norwich visit
Eccentric boxing star Chris Eubank is bringing his brand of straight-talking and sporting experience to Norwich next month.
Ahead of his visit to the Fine City the 51-year-old Londoner has offered some unusual advice to local boxer Anthony Ogogo, who is fighting to save his career after a serious eye injury.
The 28-year-old middleweight – who had been touted with meeting Eubank’s son, Chris Jnr, in the past – is working to improve the sight in his left eye, which was badly damaged in defeat to Craig Cunningham a year ago.
The London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist has had surgery to repair his fractured eye socket but treatment on the eye has been unsuccessful and Ogogo has seen eye specialists in the USA who hope they will be able to correct his double vision.
“Anthony Ogogo, it will be very interesting for the audience to hear the perception I have on Anthony,” Eubank said, when promoting his One Man Show at Epic Studios on Friday, December 1.
“I have advised him, whether the advice was ever embraced I don’t know, but I’m not ever going to be wrong simply because it’s a vocation from which I came.
“It’s never really been much different and these are telltale signs, I advised him one day at a gym in London ‘do not tell people of your injuries, that is a telltale sign that you’re not going anywhere in boxing’.
“You just have to embrace your injuries, when someone is talking about injuries, you’re making them more real. You’re telling the universe you can’t handle the stress, the pain, the vocation.”
Eubank competed boxed between 1985 and 1998, winning the WBO middleweight and supper-middleweight title, with his bouts against Nigel Benn and Michael Watson going down in British boxing legend.
“I’m only controversial because I tell the truth,” he added. “But I hope I explain this in a way that isn’t damning to anybody or hurtful but certainly we are all examples of what we do, I use myself as an example for what I’ve been through and what’s happened to me and my son in boxing.”
• Tickets for Eubank’s show in Norwich are £38.50 and can be purchased at epic-tv.com