Feature | Premium | Sep 22 2019

Michael Watson rewatches the fight that nearly killed him

Ian Probert sits down with Michael Watson to watch the fateful rematch with Chris Eubank
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IT is the hottest day of the year and clearly too much for Michael Watson. The former boxer sinks into his chair and shakes his head wearily. “I’m tired…” he murmurs, more to himself than anybody else. There is a far away look in his eyes and an unspoken agreement that we’ll give it another try tomorrow. This is not the first time that Michael has cancelled but it’s easy to forgive him. When it comes to excuses he does, after all, come better equipped than most of us. “We’ll do it in the morning,” he promises. “I’m going to psyche myself up…”

More 25 years ago Michael was the recipient of an uppercut that almost ended his life. The facts are no secret: the blow in question was thrown in desperation by rival Chris Eubank shortly after the eccentric Brighton boxer had been bludgeoned to the canvas with only 14 seconds left in a barnstorming 11th round of their rematch. Fourteen seconds that would change Michael’s life forevermore; instantly ending his boxing career and beginning a lingering rehabilitation that may never really be over.

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