Surge in Boxing Sons Following Fathers into Combat
There has long been a
pattern of family members following in the footsteps of their fathers
within sport, with boxing, in particular, seeing this emerge even more
Despite the brutality and risk that comes
along with stepping into the ring as a professional prizefighter, the
rewards seem greater for those who look up to their elder relatives and
also go on to lace up their gloves.
There have been plenty of examples of
this happening throughout the years but, in the recent past, there has
been a surge of young fighters coming through their family's sporting
The most high profile of them all at the
present moment is undoubtedly Chris Eubank Jr, who is seeking to emulate
and surpass his father Chris Eubank Snr's illustrious boxing career, in
which he won world titles in two separate weight classes.
Known as 'Simply the Best' during his
prime, Eubank Snr was a superb British fighter that possessed a granite
chin and vicious power, with the now-retired Londoner having gone on to
enjoy all the highs and lows of the sport in a professional career which
spanned from 1985 to 1998.
His hard-working and highly dedicated son
Eubank Jr has shone brightly since making his own respective climb - or
trademark jump - over the ring ropes. The now 28-year-old
has gone from strength to strength in recent
years, recovering from his first and only pro setback
against Billy Joe Saunders in November 2014 to eventually win a version
of a world title in February of this year.
The hard-hitting Briton moved up to
168lbs from his usual middleweight division to overcome Australian
opponent Renold Quinlan inside 10 rounds and claim the IBO title in the
English capital. Such a belt isn't as widely recognized as being
prestigious in terms of world honors but it's
still an impressive feat to have won
and defended it successfully twice so far.
Conor Benn is another fighter following
in his father's footsteps in professional boxing, with his dad Nigel
having enjoyed a superb career and been one of Eubank Snr's longest and
most bitter rivals throughout their time at the top.
It's clear that the sporting genes run
deep in these families, while the younger fighters may have been pushed
from a tender age towards a life in the ring too.
Along with Eubank and Benn, there have
also been the likes of Steve Collins Jr, Marvis Frazier, Floyd
Mayweather Jr, Hasim Rahman Jr, Cory Spinks, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
While the sport of boxing has been passed
down through many families, it's actually very rare that both a father
and a son realize the dream of becoming world champion. In fact, it
has only happened a handful of times in boxing history.