Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by porkypara, Dec 16, 2019.
Tragic end to a great British talent
Note that Eubank did not get the rest of the count up to 8 after he went down.
Terrible end to a great fight.watched it at the pub with my then girl friend.long time ago!
No intention of watching any of that again.
I remember watching this and thinking there may be a problem in the way Watson's head struck the ropes as he went down.
When he came out for the 12th in a complete daze, I knew it was very likely he had a brain injury. It was horrible being aware of that.
If his head hadn't hit the ropes, he wouldn't have incurred life changing injuries.
In fact, he would have won the fight and become World Champion.
Me neither, it's f**king horrible. Put me off boxing for a bit, did that fight, I was only a kid and I really liked Watson.
I must have watched that round 500 times and I still don't see the uppercut coming.
Anyone saying it's too horrible watch should get a grip, it's pure boxing poetry. Everything that makes boxing a reflection of life itself. Losing by miles, punched to an absolute standstill, then the way Eubank gets up, spits, beckons him on with the right then lands one of the most devastating punches ever seen in any ring anywhere, ever is just off the scale.
Tragic end, no doubt but that 10 seconds is beautiful.
I don't think I need to get a grip, I was 8 years old and saw a bloke who I really liked to watch box have his life completely destroyed. Of course everything before what happened to Watson is beautiful, it's fantastic from Eubank, but what happened after makes it hard to watch for myself and probably many others too.
Absolute tragety. One things for sure looking back....these guys we,re serious fighters. Watson showing that not just in his boxing career but in the years that have passed since.
People treat eubank as a bit of a joke nowadays....but when it came down to it....he was/is anything but. Great fighter that would have beat froch etc imo. People think because guys like froch got to the very top he was better....but the standard was better overall back then. At one point you would have had guys like benn, watson, eubank, roy jones junior, james toney, mike mcallum all around the same weight. Not getting that depth of competition nowadays.
No pointing blame as the damage was done but I was always surprised that Jimmy Tibbs let Watson out for the 12th. He couldn’t even leave the corner unaided and it was obvious he was gone.
Tragic end, Watson was some fighter.
Eubank was made of marble, that uppercut was ferocious.... almost as if it come's from nowhere.
Eubank’s state of the union address to oxford fellowship students touches on this beautifully.
“How did I get up, why did I get up, to fight on against a man I simply could not beat? This was my truth.”
No doubt at all that Jim should have pulled Watson out. This is one of the examples I always quote when people start whinging about premature stoppages or screaming " Quitter " when a fighter gets pulled. I hope never to see such a sight again.
Easy to say with hindsight though. Agree with the sentiment though.