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Boxing legend Chris Eubank Jr has paid a touching tribute to his brother Simon after he died last month aged 61 following a long battle with dementia.
Simon’s death was confirmed in September, and his son Harlem – who also boxed – posted a heartfelt tribute on X shortly afterwards.
Eubank Snr has now spoken about the suffering his brother endured in his final days in a care home after being diagnosed with dementia five years ago.
The 57-year-old admitted he was heartbroken by the loss, but admitted his brother is “really at ease now.”
“Simon had frontal lobe dementia,” Eubank Snr explained in an interview with The sun.
Chris Eubank Snr (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 Snr has admitted he is grateful his brother is “really at peace now” after his ordeal
“He had been living locked up in his own body for two years. “Watching someone have constant cramps when they’re awake for a year and a half is soul destroying,” Eubank Sr. told The Sun.
“My brother always showed me love, he always protected me.” Simon once saved my life. He was the one who truly loved me, and that’s why I recited Corinthians 1:13 at his funeral.
“It’s about love being the most powerful thing of all, and I made that case for him and for what he did for me.” In many ways, it is grace that he left us. He’s really calmed down now.’
Eubank Snr was known for his warrior mentality in the ring, which saw him win world titles in two weight classes, while also taking heavy punishment throughout his 13-year professional career.
Despite being involved in some grueling battles, he claims he is not worried about developing dementia himself as he has worked hard to “keep my memory in shape”.
“You have to train your brain.” “What I’ve found good is to engage in philosophies of memory and then present them to the audience,” he said.
“I fought it that way. Throughout my career, I have taught myself to be cognitive and keep my memory sharp by memorizing these poems.
“Throughout my career I have been smart. I’ve undoubtedly been hit a few times. I took terrible damage, but nowhere like many other fighters.’
Eubank Snr has been going through an incredibly difficult time in his life. His brother’s death came just two years after his son Sebastian died of a heart attack at just 29 years old.
As he reflected on the loss of his son, he admitted that he would never be able to get over his death.
“I will never get over losing Sebastian,” Eubank Snr continued.
Eubank Snr now treats Simon’s son Harlem (pictured) like his own son after his brother’s death
Harlem will fight Germany’s Timo Schwarzkopf (right) in Brighton next month
“That was my boy. You’ll be fine for weeks. Then it suddenly comes to my mind and I’m going to cry. Spiritually he is doing better, I know that and I am happy with that. But I will never get over the physicality of this loss. Always.’
The Eubank family appears to have grown closer together due to recent tragedies, with Chris Eubank Jr. regularly seen caring for Sebastian’s son Raheem, who was born shortly before his father’s death.
Eubank Snr has also stated that he now treats Simon’s son Harlem, who sat next to him during the interview, as his own as he continues to progress in his boxing career.
Harlem is undefeated in 18 fights as a professional and will step into the ring for the first time since his father’s death when he takes on Germany’s Timo Schwarzkopf in Brighton on November 10.