Tuesday 27 September 2016

Blackwell in induced coma after defeat by Eubank Jr

Nigel Whittaker

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

'Nick Blackwell (p) was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London' Photo: PA
'Nick Blackwell (p) was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London' Photo: PA

Nick Blackwell remains in an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night.

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The pair went toe-to-toe at the Wembley Arena in a brutal British middleweight title bout, which was stopped in the 10th round after the ringside doctor advised the referee that Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye.

Blackwell was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to St Mary's Hospital in London, where the 25-year-old is set to remain for "some time" according to British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith.

Smith said yesterday morning: "I spoke to one of the doctors this morning and he said there is a bleeding of the brain.

"He's in intensive care, he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being looked after by the experts.

"It's a very normal procedure. They put you in a coma to get the swelling to go down. There's no timescale. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing."

He added last night: "There's no change from this morning. He's sedated and staying in overnight. We expect him to be in hospital for some time."

Sparring

Eubank Jr dominated the fight and had earlier bloodied Blackwell's nose, before landing a number of heavy blows.

Eubank Jr wrote on Twitter yesterday: "Now I've earned the privilege to be called 'The British Champ'. Unfortunately Nick is now in an induced coma... my thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends.

"He's a true fighter & I whole heartedly believe he will pull through. Appreciate everyone that came out to support the fight #TeamEubank."

The boxing fraternity also used the social media site to send their best wishes to the stricken Blackwell.

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wrote on Saturday night: "will u all pray for @nickblackwell02 please ASAP as he has been taken to hospital, God be with him."

Super-middleweight George Groves has spent time sparring with Blackwell in recent weeks.

He wrote: "Don't like thought of a tweet being helpful in a time like this but thoughts and prayers of myself and family are with @nickblackwell02. I hope he comes out of this ok.

"We've been in the gym sparring together the past month and he's a truly one of the sport's great guys."

Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis added his own get-well message: "Thoughts and prayers to @nickblackwell02 and his family at this time! #BlackwellEubankJr".

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