Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nick Blackwell insisted he wasn't hurt after every round of Chris Eubank Jnr fight

Nick Blackwell and Chris Eubank Jnr exchange blows
Nick Blackwell and Chris Eubank Jnr exchange blows

Nick Blackwell had insisted to his corner after every round that he was not hurt and wanted to continue in his defence of the British middleweight title on Saturday night, a source has revealed.

Telegraph Sport learnt on Tuesday night that Blackwell, who is in an induced coma after collapsing  after the contest, was prepared to fight on.

Blackwell was caught with large volumes of heavy punches, with his nose bloodied and broken, but had insisted he was never hurt.  “He had come back every round and told his team in between every round that he was not hurt by  Eubank’s punches, but wanted to carry on,” the source said.

“The problem, he said to his corner, was that he was having issues timing his punches.” Blackwell was only stopped in the 10th round due to the huge swelling over his left eye when a ringside physician advised referee Victor Loughlin that it was in no state for him to continue.

But Blackwell would have continued, and was called in by the doctor. While the events from the weekend have brought an avalanche of debate over the safety of boxers in title fights, and that they may need protecting from themselves, Blackwell’s attitude shows that fighters are almost drawn to this primal sport as a calling.

Chris Eubank Snr, who sent his son to Las Vegas for two years to box as a teenager, revealed on Tuesday: “Mike McCullum told me, ‘Your boy is a bad boy’.

"That term in street language means something. The next person to talk to me about Junior was Mike Tyson. He said to me, ‘Your boy is dangerous’. That was the term.”

Eubank Jnr explained: “I believe this is in my DNA. I believe I have that warrior soul, that essence. Was I born to fight? I believe so.

“You can train a fighter to a certain extent, but there are certain things you just have to have inside you. And I believe I have that. I believe it was passed down from my father to me.”

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