Lord of Brighton, anyone. "Thimply the betht"

Found 29th Jul 2009
Eubank's Brighton Lordship title is up for sale

10:00am Wednesday 29th July 2009

Chris Eubanks title is back on the market after the former boxing champ was declared bankrupt.

Eccentric celebrity Eubank bought the moniker Lordship of the Manor of Brighton for £45,000, in 1996 six years after he made millions as the former World Boxing Council's International Middleweight champion.

But the title was just one of the assets stipped from the 42-year-old who is said to still owe £1.3 million in taxes.

Manorial Auctioneers are now inviting private bidders to go to toe-to-toe to buy the Lordship for around £35,000.

Director, Robert Smith, said buying the title was similar to 'buying a house' and would not require the new holder to do anything special in the community.

Mr Smith said: There are no conditions that go with the Lordship, there's nothing you have to attend and women are as welcome to bid for it as men.

It is simply a money based bidding war, much like buying a house you don't have to have any special standing in society.

The manor was originally part of the great feudal Lordship of Lewes and was held by the half brother of William the Conqueror.

The holder enjoyed the right to take 4000 eels a year from fishing boats.

For centuries it was held by the Sackville family, who were dukes of Dorset, but in 1987 Lord Sackville sold it to the London Evening Standard as a prize in a competition, the winner put it to auction in 1996.

While Eubank held the Lordship he made a point of appearing around the city wearing regal throw-backs including a monocle and a gold top cane.

Before he bought the Lordship he won the Menswear Association of Great Britain's Best Dressed Man Award in 1991 and 1993.

Mr Eubank was yesterday unavailable for comment about the end of his reign as Lordship of the Manor of Brighton.

No date has been set for the auction.
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Chris Eubank hopes to cure lisp with £30,000 of dentistry
Chris Eubank, the retired boxing champion, is having £30,000 of dental treatment to cure his famous lisp.

The 42-year-old old travelled to Ireland last week to undergo treatment, which he hopes will fix his speech defect by closing the gap in his front teeth.

Dentist Barry Buckley is carrying out the work at Clane Hospital, Co Kildare, which will also see all his other teeth slightly lengthened.

Eubank said: "Before long nobody will be able to accuse me of having a lisp. He's seeing to it."

Dr Buckley explained that although the main purpose of the work was to give Eubank a "new image" initial work had improved the boxer's speech impediment.

He said: "Chris is having the full cosmetic makeover.

"We're getting rid of the gap between his front teeth, adding length to the teeth and widening his smile slightly.

"The main purpose of the work is to make his teeth look better. They are not a bad set of teeth but they are a little bit worse for wear because of his career.

"But it has already started to improve his lisp as his speech is altered.

"He told me 'I´m having trouble with my TH but my S is much better'. The improvement in his lisp is down to closing the gap between the front teeth."

Eubank´s new porcelain veneers are being crafted at the Da Vinci Laboratory Los Angeles.

One of the world´s leading dental technicians, Daniel Materdomini, is making them, and they are guaranteed for life.

Eubank has already seen what his new smile will look like, using a state-of-the art computer programme.

Dr Buckley added: "Most people just want their front teeth improved, but Chris wants every tooth in his mouth done.

"He won´t be getting any change out of £30,000."

Eubank will return to the hospital to finish the treatment in about five weeks.

The former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion, famously mocked his lisp in 1999 when he appeared in a Nescafe coffee advert under the headline: "Thimply the Betht."
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