Chris ‘English’ Eubank heading into the jungle for ITV show

The 49 year-old has recently been guiding his son Chris Eubank Jr through his own successful career, but will now take the spotlight on his own as he heads down under to appear alongside a host of other stars.

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ITV reportedly paid Eubank £200,000 to get him on board for the series which kicks off this Sunday night with the contestants being flown into the purpose-built camp filled with jungle critters and fearsome challenges.

The eccentric ex-fighter, who recently announced that he wants to be known as ‘English’ in homage to his father, will be expected to undergo the tasks in order to win food for the rest of his camp-mates – if indeed selected by the voting British public to do so.

Other celebrities confirmed include one-time England footballer Kieron Dyer, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter and millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, who will be joined as always by hosts Ant and Dec.

Last year, Super-Bike legend Carl Fogarty walked away as the ‘King of the Jungle’ and Eubank will be hoping to do the same thing when the show reaches its climax in December.

At the peak of his career, Eubank liked to be known as ‘Simply the Best’ until he eventually retired from the sport in 1998.