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Boxing legend Chris Eubank Jr has paid a moving tribute to his brother Simon after he died following a long battle with dementia at the age of 61 last month.
Simon’s death was confirmed in September, and his son Harlem, who also boxed, posted a heartfelt tribute in X shortly after.
Eubank senior has now opened up about the suffering his brother went through in his final days living in a nursing home after being diagnosed with dementia five years ago.
The 57-year-old revealed he was heartbroken over the loss but admitted his brother is “truly at rest now.”
“Simon had frontal lobe dementia,” Eubank Sr. explained in an interview with Sun.
Chris Eubank Sr (right) has paid an emotional tribute to his brother Simon following his death.
Simon passed away last month after a long battle with frontal lobe dementia.
Eubank Sr. has admitted he is grateful his brother is “really at rest now” after his ordeal.
‘He had been living locked in his own body for the past two years. “Watching someone have spasms all the time they’re awake for a year and a half is heartbreaking,” Eubank Sr. told The Sun.
‘My brother always showed me love, he always protected me. Simon saved my life once. He is the one who truly loved me and that is why I recited Corinthians 1:13 at his funeral.
‘He talks about how love is the most powerful of all things, and I prayed for him and what he did for me. In many ways, it is a mercy that he left us. Now it is truly at rest.’
Eubank Sr. was known for his warrior mentality in the ring that saw him win world titles in two weight divisions, while also taking significant punishment during his 13-year professional career.
Despite being involved in some grueling battles, he claims he is not worried about developing dementia as he has been working hard to “keep my memory sharp”.
‘You have to train your brain. What I have found good is committing to philosophies by rote and then reciting them before an audience,” she said.
‘I’ve fought it that way. Throughout my career I trained myself to be cognitive, always keeping my memory sharp by memorizing those poems.
‘Throughout my career I was intelligent. I was hit several times, no doubt. I have suffered terrible damage, but not like many fighters.
Eubank senior has been through an incredibly difficult period in his life, with his brother’s passing coming just two years after his son Sebastian died after suffering a heart attack, aged just 29.
Reflecting on the loss of her son, she admitted that she could never come to terms with his death.
“I will never get over the loss of Sebastian,” Eubank Sr. continued.
Eubank Sr. now treats Simon’s son Harlem (pictured) as his own son after his brother’s death
Harlem will fight German Timo Schwarzkopf (right) in Brighton next month
‘That was my boy. You spend weeks being fine. Then suddenly he comes to mind and I will cry. Spiritually he is in a better place, I know that and I am at peace with that. But I will never get over the physical aspect of that loss. Ever.’
The Eubank family appears to have become closer after the recent tragedies, and Chris Eubank Jr is regularly seen looking after Sebastian’s son Raheem, who was born shortly before his father passed away.
Eubank Sr. has also stated that he now treats Simon’s son, Harlem, who was sitting next to him during the interview, as if he were his own as he continues to advance his boxing career.
Harlem is undefeated in 18 professional fights and is set to step into the ring for the first time since his father’s death when he faces Germany’s Timo Schwarzkopf on November 10 in Brighton.