Beaten Nick Blackwell awake after winning ‘his toughest fight yet’, says promoter
Blackwell wakes from the induced coma he was placed in following a British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jnr
Nick Blackwell has woken from the induced coma he was placed in following a British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jnr, the former champion’s promoter said on Monday.
Blackwell, 25, collapsed shortly after his tenth-round stoppage loss to Eubank Jnr at London’s Wembley Arena on March 26.
He was then taken to London’s St Mary’s Hospital, where doctors placed Blackwell in an induced coma.
They subsequently reduced his medication, with Blackwell waking last Saturday and talking to relatives and friends on Sunday.
Eubank Jnr responded to Monday’s announcement by saying on Twitter: “Very happy to hear Nick Blackwell has awoken from his coma.
“Nick I’d like to come see you if possible, I’ve got something for you bro.”
Earlier, a statement released by Blackwell’s promoter, Hennessy Sports, said: “It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet.
“On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed.
“Nick Blackwell won the hearts of over three million (television) viewers on March 26 with an astonishing display of all-action bravery and determination.
“In the past week, however, he has humbled millions more. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. He’s a true champion and gentleman.”
During the fight Chris Eubank senior, the father of the new champion, could be heard telling his son to stop hitting Blackwell’s head.
Very happy to hear @nickblackwell02 has awoken from his coma. Nick i'd like to come see you if possible, I've got something for you bro
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) April 4, 2016
“Even in sparring, I tell Junior to stay away from the head because his punching is fast, powerful and dangerous,” Eubank, a former middleweight and super-middleweight world champion, later told the BBC.
“So most certainly I was saying this to protect the fighter.”
His ringside instructions were especially poignant as, 25 years ago, Eubank senior stopped Michael Watson in a world title fight that left his beaten opponent with irreparable brain damage and partially paralysed.