The son of British boxing legend Chris Eubank has died on a beach in Dubai, it has been confirmed.
Sebastian Eubank, 29, who followed his father into the ring, was found dead on a beach.
His father paid an emotional tribute to the sportsman, nicknamed the Alka Lion, who also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) after moving to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Chris Eubank Snr said: “Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son.
“My family and I are devastated to hear of the death of Sebastian just days before what would have been his 30th birthday.
“He leaves his wife Salma, his son Raheem born just a month ago, his mother Karron Meadows, brothers Nathanael, Chris, Jr, Joseph, one sister Emily and countless relatives and friends.
“Sebastian grew up in Hove in England but in the last few years made his life in Dubai where he had a wide circle of friends and was a leader in the adoption of a healthy lifestyle and of alternative therapies.
“As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom.
“He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be forever in the thoughts of friends and family. As a family we now kindly ask to be given space and privacy to celebrate his life and remember the son, the brother, the husband, the friend.”
Karron Meadows added: “Our whole family is grieving at the huge loss of our son and brother, Sebastian. Please respect our grief and privacy while we try to comprehend our loss.”
Seb, who was born in Brighton, enjoyed a successful amateur career becoming a pro boxer in 2018, winning three professional fights, his last one earlier this year.
In April he posted about his joy being able to box again in front of a crowd, writing on his Instagram : “Respect to my opponent, he was strong and resilient and came to put it all on the line.
“He was head hunting, trying to knock me out with brute strength, but he didn’t know about the legendary Eubank granite chin.”
He later asked his fans whether he should pick between MMA or boxing
Seb, a vegan who wrote poetry while not in the ring, had been due to fight at the o2 on the undercard of brother Chris’s win over James DeGale in 2019, but the bout was cancelled because the event was overrunning.
He said after his successful MMA debut in January last year: “When I stepped into the arena I wanted to do combat by mixing both MMA and boxing, and compete in different weight divisions, so let’s see where I go next.
“I have been in the UAE for four-five years now. I stepped into MMA thinking I need to train properly. I can’t just go win.”