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Published: 15:40 | 4/4/16

Blackwell out of induced coma


Nick Blackwell has emerged from his induced coma and is talking to family and friends, his promoters Hennessy Sports have confirmed.

Blackwell collapsed at the end of his British middleweight title fight with Chris Eubank Jr on March 26 and was placed in an induced coma at London’s St Mary's hospital due to bleeding on the skull.

He woke from the induced coma on Saturday, a week after the bout, and was talking to family and friends at his beside the following day.

"It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet," read a statement released by Hennessy Sports.

"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 (in a 10th-round stoppage defeat by Eubank Jnr) 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."

Many observers felt the referee should have stopped the one-sided fight much earlier with former world champion Chris Euband Snr caught on television instructing his son to aim for the body of his opponent rather than the head.


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