EUBANK SON TO PLAY DAD IN FILM Cliff’s grape deal

Box­ing le­gend gives go-ahead for Nat af­ter 27-year rift

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By by Halina Watts SHOW­BIZ ED­I­TOR

CHRIS Eubank’s es­tranged son is to play his box­ing le­gend dad in a film – af­ter the pair fi­nally ended a rift that had dragged on for 27 years.

Nathanael Wil­son, 28, will ap­pear in the bigscreen story about Michael Wat­son, who strug­gled back from a coma and brain dam­age af­ter his bout with Eubank in 1991.

Fa­ther and son had never spo­ken un­til last year when su­per­star Chris, who has four other chil­dren, reached out to Nathaniel af­ter he be­came a dad for the first time.

Nathanael, who is also a boxer, said: “My dad gives me ad­vice about box­ing, that’s about the ex­tent of the re­la­tion­ship we have. And it is quite a new re­la­tion­ship.

“He knows about the film and he has given his bless­ing for me to play the part.”

Nathanael was born af­ter his mum dated Eubank for six months.

Tur­moil

Eubank, 50, rated the third best British su­per­mid­dleweight boxer of all time, re­fused to have any­thing to do with him. But af­ter a pa­ter­nity test he agreed to pro­vide main­te­nance.

Nathanael, nick­name Banks, ended up in Croy­don, South Lon­don, and af­ter a tough up­bring­ing has be­come a suc­cess­ful boxer.

He will star in the movie Michael, which cov­ers Wat­son’s bat­tle from the brink of death and Eubank’s tur­moil af­ter the bout.

Nathanael has met Wat­son, 51, whose lack of treat­ment in the cru­cial min­utes af­ter his knock­out trig­gered a rad­i­cal shake-up in the med­i­cal care of box­ers.

Eubank’s son said: “I didn’t even step into a box­ing gym un­til I was 20. I never watched it but I could never get away from it.”

Di­rec­tor Sean Cronin said: “It’s so great to have Nathanael on board. He has got his dad’s posh ac­cent down to a tee as well.”

Eubank’s other boxer son Chris Ju­nior, 27, won a world su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle

last week­end.

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