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​Nick Blackwell Remains in Induced Coma Following Chris Eubank Jr. Fight

Boxer Nick Blackwell remains in an induced coma following his title fight with Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday night, but the Englishman's family says his condition is "not deteriorating".

by UK Sports Staff
29 March 2016, 9:56am

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Boxer Nick Blackwell remains in an induced coma following his title fight with Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday night, reports the BBC, but the Englishman's family says his condition is "not deteriorating".

The 25-year-old suffered a bleed on the brain after a punishing contest with Eubank at Wembley Arena, which was eventually stopped in the 10th round. Blackwell, who was defending his British middleweight title, was subsequently placed in an induced coma and remains "heavily sedated".

Between the eighth and ninth rounds, Chris Eubank Sr. instructed his son not to aim blows to Blackwell's head and clearly believed the fight should already have been stopped. Though many echoed this before and after, the British Board of Boxing Control has said that it is satisfied with how the fight was managed.

The elder Eubank's actions have been given added significance by the events of his 1991 bout with Michael Watson. Following a thrilling fight, Eubank's opponent fell into a coma and suffered permanent neurological damage. Watson has also described the situation as "deja vu", while a neurosurgeon with experience in treating boxers with life-threatening head injuries has told the Guardian that the bout should have been stopped three rounds earlier.

Blackwell, from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, won the vacant British middleweight title against John Ryder in May 2015 and had made two successful defences before he faced Eubank Jr.

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