History | Dec 10 2017

On This Day: Chris Eubank defeats dangerous Yorkshireman Henry Wharton

Jack Webb reflects on Chris Eubank's final world title win
Chris Eubank & Henry Wharton
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CHRIS EUBANK was able to comfortably outpoint the Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Henry Wharton in defending his WBO world super middleweight title on December 10 1994, rediscovering the type of form that had seen him dethrone WBO world middleweight champion Nigel Benn four years previously. Claude Abrams, for Boxing News, recalled a night in which ‘‘Eubank had achieved more than he had done in the previous three years’’.

EUBANK had been very active in the months leading up to the Wharton contest, but the man nicknamed ‘Simply the Best’ had looked far from it in recent times – notably in scraping through to points decision victories over Dan Schommer in October and the limited Mauricio Amaral in July.

WHARTON, a dangerous puncher to the head and body, had registered two consecutive knockout wins since suffering his sole career defeat at the hands of Eubank’s rival Nigel Benn whilst challenging for the latter’s WBC world super middleweight title. Wharton entered the bout with every confidence in his ability to dethrone Eubank and felt that ‘‘his style was made for beating him’’, but this proved not to be the case.

 

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