Sunday 11 December 2016

Nick Blackwell placed into induced coma after collapsing following defeat to Chris Eubank Jnr

Gareth A Davies

Published 27/03/2016 | 09:51

Nick Blackwell has been placed in an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Nick Blackwell has been placed in an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Chris Eubank Jnr won the bout in 10 rounds

Nick Blackwell was placed into an induced coma in the early hours of Sunday morning after being rushed to a London hospital after he was beaten by Chris Eubank Jnr in their British middleweight title fight at Wembley Arena.

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The boxer suffered "a small bleed" on his brain, and was then placed into an induced coma. Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, told Telegraph Sport on Sunday night that Blackwell “had immediately received a scan in hospital, where it was discovered that he had suffered a small bleed, and medical experts were taking full care of him and would make a decision on whether to operate”.

Reports from a source close to the boxer on Sunday morning revealed that Blackwell was stable.

"The brain hasn't swollen overnight. Doctors say that's encouraging.

"The team are all still at hospital where he's in induced coma. Slowly taking him off sedatives now." Blackwell's family, from Trowbridge, stayed overnight in London, and Mick Hennessy, Blackwell's promoter, visited the hospital last night - believed it be St Mary's Hospital, Paddington - a specialist hospital for acute injuries.

Messages and prayers from across the boxing community flooded in on social media overnight, including messages from world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, his trainer and uncle Peter Fury, and from Eubank and his father, the former world champion.



Blackwell was the holder of the British middleweight belt but Eubank dominated the encounter and delivered a barrage of punches for the majority of the fight.

Blackwell, a renowned warrior in the ring, refused to buckle, intending to take Eubank into the late rounds. Referee Victor Loughlin eventually stopped the contest after 2 minutes and 21 seconds of the 10th round on the advice of the ringside doctor, who decided there was too much damage to Blackwell’s left eye for him to continue.

By then, there was a grotesque swelling above Blackwell's left eye. Moments after the result was officially announced, Blackwell was attended to in the ring and ringside medics rushed to provide him with oxygen as a stretcher was assembled.

Blackwell, 25, was rushed straight out of the arena, and tended to by on-site medics before being taken to hospital for further assistance.

Eubank, who was celebrating in the ring when Blackwell collapsed, later admitted that he thought the referee should have waved the fight off earlier than he did. He said: “I was hitting him with some big shots and the referee saw fit to let the fight go on.

"Looking back now, maybe he should have stopped it earlier.”

The incident provoked memories of Eubank’s famous father, Chris Snr, who was the opponent when Michael Watson suffered life-changing injuries in their WBO middleweight title fight at White Hart Lane in 1991.



Telegraph.co.uk

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