It has been 23 days since Nick Blackwell and Eubank Jr fought for the British middleweight title, 23 days that have changed the lives of both men. Eubank Jr is now the newly crowned British middleweight champion after a 10th round stoppage. The bout though will be remembered for the injuries sustained to defending champion Blackwell, who showed the world his unbelievable battling qualities.
For Blackwell a fresh battle was about to begin after the 25 year old collapsed in the ring minutes after the fight. The referee called a halt to the fight in the tenth round due to severe damage to Blackwell’s face, mainly around his eye. Blackwell had taking a pounding during the course of the fight, and the fact he remained standing was an astonishing achievement in itself.
In the immediate aftermath of the fight Blackwell could be seen winking and acknowledging his opponent, knowing that the fight was correct to be stopped. What he did not know was that he had a small bleed around his skull, leading to his collapse. The 25 year old was immediately given oxygen and left the ring on a stretcher. Blackwell was rushed to hospital before being placed in an induced coma, waking over a week after the fight. Thankfully for Blackwell he did not require surgery and he is now on the road to recovery.
Eubank Jr has stated he will not celebrate his victory until blackwell has made a full recovery. The newly crowned champion also sent a message of support to his opponent and asked if he could visit him in hospital.
“So I’ve just got the news, Nick blackwell has finally awoken out of his coma, after about 9 days. Very, Very happy to hear this man, it was a real relief, you know the last thing you want is to have a fighter go through any serious damage after the fight, so very happy hes up and about now. A Little message to you Nick, i would love to come down to the hospital and see you, if that’s possible, if that’s cool with you and your family. I’ve got something for you, so let me know man”.
Blackwell has taken to twitter to thank people for their support and insists he is ‘very lucky’ to have not sustained serious head injuries.
“Just want to say a massive thank you for all the support and messages – means the world to me. I’m on the mend now so I’ve been very lucky.” Blackwell tweeted.
“And a massive thankyou to everyone who raised money for me it’s been overwhelming! #BoxingFamily”.