British fighter placed in coma after brain injury

Nick Blackwell

Nick Blackwell

British boxer Nick Blackwell has been placed in an induced coma after losing a domestic title fight.

Saturday’s British middleweight belt contest at London’s Wembley Arena saw Blackwell stopped in the tenth round by Chris Eubank Jr, the son of former world champion Chris Eubank, after the ringside doctor ruled a closed left eye meant he could not continue.

The 25-year-old Blackwell was subsequently carried out of the ring on a stretcher and was still in hospital, under observation, on Sunday.

British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith said: “I spoke to one of the doctors this (Sunday) 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 time-scale. Now it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing.”

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tweeted his best wishes to Blackwell on Saturday: “Will u all pray for @nickblackwell02 please ASAP as he has been taken to hospital, God be with him.”

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