Ring girl furore turns extremely ugly

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Allen taunted the IBO world super-middleweight champ by saying “your dad gave you to a stranger” in a tweet criticising Eubank’s father for not respecting ring card girls.

The Twitter row exploded after the boxer posted a video of Eubank Snr — who was also a world champion boxer — ushering two ring girls out of camera shot while his son was being interviewed after his latest fight.

To all ring girls. Do not photobomb me as my dad has a very particular set of skills. He will look for u, he will find u & he will pie u 😄 pic.twitter.com/skwdIACh8d

— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 9, 2017

Allen claimed Eubank Snr’s behaviour was disrespectful to women — and then went on to ridicule his son for being adopted by an American woman in 2006.

They are doing their job. Your dad went bankrupt and gave you to a stranger in Vegas, the only photobomber here is him. #respectwomenhttps://t.co/rrVu81BUqy

— Lily (@lilyallen) October 10, 2017

Eubank Jnr was being interviewed seconds after demolishing Turkish challenger Avni Yildirim with a third round knock out.

Two ring girls crept into shot behind the champion, only for Eubank Snr to spot them and clear them out of the way.

The fighter poked fun at his father’s actions with a video of the incident and wrote: “To all ring girls. Do not photobomb me as my dad has a very particular set of skills. He will look for u, he will find u and he will pie u.”

But the tweet to his 425,000 follows on Twitter did not go down well with Allen.

In a barbed message, she wrote: “They are doing their job. Your dad went bankrupt and gave you to a stranger in Vegas, the only photobomber here is him. #respectwomen.”

Its called banter Lily. You’re well known for abusing drugs & alcohol so maybe focus on respecting yourself 1st before worrying about others

— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 10, 2017

But the 28-year-old hit back at Allen, tweeting: “It’s called banter Lily. You’re well known for abusing drugs and alcohol so maybe focus on respecting yourself 1st before worrying about others.”

I’m actually sober but thanks

— Lily (@lilyallen) October 10, 2017

Eubank Snr sent his sons Chris Jnr and Sebastian to live in Las Vegas in 2006 in an attempt to offer them better schooling than they were getting in England.

The pair moved in with single mum Irene Hutton not long after she met Eubank Snr in a hotel bar in Paris and struck up an unlikely friendship.

“I was sitting in the hotel’s lounge when this man strode up to me and said: ‘Hello, I’m Christopher Livingstone Eubank.’ I had no idea who he was but we sat chatting until the early hours,” Hutton said in 2008.

“He said he had just gone through a very bitter divorce and that he had money problems. I, too, had just got divorced.

“We swapped phone numbers and that was the last I thought I would ever hear from him.”

But Eubank stayed in touch with Hutton and the former boxer visited her in Vegas a couple of times, taking his boys with him.

Lily Allen during a performance last month. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Lily Allen during a performance last month. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)Source:Getty Images

It was then, in 2006, that he came up with the suggestion of moving Chris and Sebastian out there on a permanent basis.

“The boys loved staying out here and it was clear they were not happy at home and did not see a future in Britain,” Hutton said.

“Then, after they flew home, I got a call from Chris and the subject of me raising his boys came up. He was really keen on the idea. He wanted them to grow up in America and asked me to adopt them.”

The move happened with the blessing of their mum Karron, who had divorced from the retired boxer a year earlier. At the time Karron said: “They are there to go to school, get their trade and come home. They are doing exceedingly well and a damn sight better than they would in England.”

Avni Yildirim (right) is knocked down by Chris Eubank Jr. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Avni Yildirim (right) is knocked down by Chris Eubank Jr. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Eubank Jnr’s victory over the highly-rated Yildirim in Stuttgart on Saturday also saw him progress into the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

He is scheduled to face the winner of Saturday’s clash between George Groves and Jamie Cox in the last four of the lucrative tournament that will decide the best super-middleweight on the planet.

This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.

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