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Chris Eubank Jr’s Painful 2021 – Struggling with Covid, Failed Match-ups and His Brother’s Death

The man himself called 2021 a “challenging year” – and who can blame him.

The loss of a family member will always leave a hole and the death of Chris Eubank Jr’s brother Sebastian last summer will remain with him forever. But, thanks to the spirit of the 32-year-old, he has been able to see the light in the darkness.

As the new year began, the middleweight fighter reflected on a rough time, but he reveled in the birth of his son Raheem.

He posted a touching video of him playfully throwing it in the air and wrote on Twitter: ‘2021 was a challenging year, but if there’s one thing I can be thankful for last year, it’s this little guy.

Chris Eubank Jr endured a terrible 2021 when his younger brother Sebastian died

Chris Eubank Jr endured a terrible 2021 when his younger brother Sebastian died

The 32-year-old fought twice but went through an incredibly difficult time and later tested positive for Covid towards the end of the year

The 32-year-old fought twice but went through an incredibly difficult time and later tested positive for Covid towards the end of the year

The 32-year-old fought twice but went through an incredibly difficult time and later tested positive for Covid towards the end of the year

“No matter the pain I am in, he always puts a smile on my face and for that I thank God. I hope you all are lucky enough to bring something special in 2022. Happy New Year.’

Sebastian – Chris Eubank’s second oldest child – was swimming in the sea and watching the sunset in Dubai when he had a heart attack.

He had a pre-existing heart condition that was not previously known, and there was nothing that could be done about it. Even if he wasn’t in the water, he couldn’t have been saved. Eubank Snr said he was “devastated” by the loss of his child, while Eubank Jr admitted he was “crying all day.”

“I haven’t cried since I was 12 years old… yesterday I cried all day. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to protect you like a big brother should. I can’t believe you’re really gone man, but you’ll always be in my heart, mind and soul.

“My brother Sebastian Eubank was a special man… a righteous man… who always put others before himself. A man of many talents, boxing, MMA, poetry, music, coaching, cooking, the list goes on, but the most important thing for him was helping others less fortunate than himself.”

The pair were incredibly close and the middleweight was forced to put boxing aside

The pair were incredibly close and the middleweight was forced to put boxing aside

The pair were incredibly close and the middleweight was forced to put boxing aside

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Of course, when tragedy strikes, family comes first — with work on the back burner. But according to his promoter Kalle Sauerland, it was Eubank Jr’s professionalism that shone through during his painful ordeal.

He said his star fighter “turned his darkest moment into something he fights for”, and admitted he showed “so much respect” for Sebastian.

“It’s a very personal thing, but from a working relationship – he was very close to his brother and his family,” Sauerland said. sports post.

“Obviously that affected the year, but he did it very professionally. He showed so much respect for his brother. It was admirable how he handled it, but he was a true professional the whole time.

Eubank Jr 'turned his darkest moment into something to fight for' and stayed professional

Eubank Jr 'turned his darkest moment into something to fight for' and stayed professional

Eubank Jr ‘turned his darkest moment into something to fight for’ and stayed professional

“He has turned this absolute darkest moment into something he is fighting for. That’s the way he does things. To work with him, he is a true professional boxing.’

What came next was just another setback to deal with, though nothing compared to the horrors Eubank faced on the day that changed his life in July.

He tested positive for Covid in the fall, further delaying his return to the ring, before seeing a handful of match-ups go up in smoke – due to his opponents also battling the virus, as well as other medical problems.

Eubank would fight Sven Elbir in a statement fight to launch himself as the new face of air sports boxing, before the German returned a positive Covid test and was replaced by Anatoli Muratov.

Eubank battled Covid then saw two opponents withdraw with Covi and health issues

Eubank battled Covid then saw two opponents withdraw with Covi and health issues

Eubank battled Covid then saw two opponents withdraw with Covi and health issues

But then Muratov himself was forced to cancel due to health reasons – just a day before the fight – with the British Board of Boxing Control concerned about his pre-fight medical tests.

BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom admitted he felt for Eubank after a ‘very difficult time lately’, later starting a fight against Wanik Awdijan – who he stopped within six laps.

The most important thing for Eubank was that he had one more outing before his big game against Williams, as Sauerland explains.

“He had a terrible attack from Covid, last year there was a phase with opponents getting Covid, others failing medical treatments.

He finally came back in the ring to comfortably overcome Wanik Awdijan in October

He finally came back in the ring to comfortably overcome Wanik Awdijan in October

He finally came back in the ring to comfortably overcome Wanik Awdijan in October

After a frustrating, painful and emotionally exhausting year, you don't want to be Eubank Jr's next opponent in the ring

After a frustrating, painful and emotionally draining year, you don't want to be Eubank Jr's next opponent in the ring

After a frustrating, painful and emotionally exhausting year, you don’t want to be Eubank Jr’s next opponent in the ring

“We ended up getting him out twice, which was the key – it should have been three times. At the same time, we have endured the toughest conditions to move forward into the future and stay on track for the goals that are so important to him.”

But the disruption didn’t stop there – as his fight with rival Williams was postponed to January after the Welshman suffered a shoulder injury. The fight was then postponed again and the boxing was canceled in January due to the increasing number of cases of the Omicron Covid variant – although nothing stands in the way of their rescheduled fight on February 5.

Eubank has been through it all. He has mourned, he has been unwell, he has been frustrated and his patience has been tested. You feel that in 2022 the only way up – and determined to unleash after a mentally draining year – wouldn’t you want to be his next opponent in the ring.

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