Chris Eubank Jr has paid a heartbreaking tribute to brother Sebastian, following his death.
Sebastian, the third-oldest of boxing legend Chris Eubank Sr's five children, tragically died in Dubai a week shy of his 30th birthday.
The 29-year-old, who made his MMA debut last year, was found dead on a beach in the UAE – where he live with his wife, Salma and one month-old son Raheem – on Friday.
Eubank Sr admitted his family were “devastated” by his son’s death, and the world of boxing has rallied around the Eubank family to pay tribute.
Eubank Jr had initially tweeted on Friday: “Rest easy little brother. I love you & you will be missed always”
Now the middleweight fighter has posted a series of photographs of himself and his brother on social media, labelling him a “special man” and vowing to “treat your newborn son like my own.”
He wrote: “My brother Sebastian Eubank was a special man… a righteous man… who always put others before himself,” wrote Eubank.
“A man of many talents, boxing, MMA, poetry, music, coaching, cooking the list goes on but the most important thing to him was helping others less fortunate than himself.
“I haven’t cried since I was 12 years old… yesterday I cried the whole day. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to watch your back like a big brother’s supposed to.
"Can’t believe you’re really gone man but you’ll always be in my heart, mind & spirit.
“Now your legacy will live on through your beautiful new born son & I will treat him like my own. Watch over us until we meet again young lion.
“And to everyone out there reading this right now DON’T take ANY of your loved ones for granted.
“See them, speak to them, check up on them as much as you possibly can because you just never know if that one time will be the last time. Love you bro.”
Sebastian followed both his father and brother into the sport of boxing, performing well at amateur level before stepping up to the pro ranks.
As a professional he won two bouts and made it onto the undercard for Eubank Jnr's showdown with James De Gale in 2019, only to be denied his moment when his fight was cancelled due to the event overrunning.
He later moved to the UAE and switched to MMA, making his competitive debut in January last year, but his career has now been cut short in the most tragic of circumstances.
A veritable who’s who of boxing have paid tribute to Sebastian following his passing.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "So saddened by the news of the passing of Seb Eubank. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
Undefeated former world super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe said: “Really Saddened to hear the news of the passing of Seb Eubank. Thoughts and Prayers to Chris and family.”
Luke Campbell added: “Thoughts and prayers to the Eubank family at this terrible time.”
And British heavyweight Derek Chisora added: "RIP Seb Eubank. My thoughts and prayers are with the Eubank family and all the people who knew him at this time. Terribly sad news."
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