A new super-lightweight contender began his second generation pro career this month with a distinct boxing family resemblance.
Entering the fray was Nathanael Wilson, known as ‘Banks’ in what seems to be a homage to the famous father who has never been part of his life.
Wilson is the son of two-weight world champion Chris Eubank Sr. and clearly has the fighting gene judging by his physical attributes and chiseled jawline.
The 27 year-old, who trains of out Croydon, was the product of a six-month relationship between Eubank and Wilson’s mother Cynthia way back in 1987.
Eubank severed ties with Wilson before his career really took off but the young contender hasn’t let the fact that his celebrity dad wasn’t around affect him in any way.
“It is what it is. I’m not going to bloody cry about it. He did what he did and in the grand scheme of things I’m happy how I turned out,” Wilson told The Daily Mirror.
“I am a late bloomer but I have always been able to fight. Growing up in South East London, you’re either good at fighting or good at getting beaten up.
“Everyone in South London wants to be a bad boy or a gangster.
“I always associated boxing with my father and he didn’t want anything to do with me, so I didn’t want anything to do with boxing.
“I didn’t even step into a boxing gym until I was 20. That was my outlook. I never watched it but I could never get away from it.”
Since succumbing to the boxing bug that is obviously in his blood, Wilson has embarked on a pro career that began with a victory over Czech also-ran Silvije Kebet on March 5.
Fighting at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, Wilson won every round on referee Lee Cook’s scorecard and is now off and running in the paid ranks.