The family members of stricken middleweight boxer Nick Blackwell released a statement to the media on Monday.
As the 25 year-old recovers in hospital following a bleed on the brain confirmed by British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary, Blackwell’s close relatives have asked for space whilst the Trowbridge fighter continues his recovery.
‘We would like to thank the public for their many messages of support for Nick, they are much appreciated. No official statements have been made either by ourselves or by the hospital.
‘We would like to clarify that, given the unsubstantiated rumours and statements in the media, we would like privacy while Nick receives treatment.
‘Any statements only by the family or the promoters Hennessy Sports.’ – read the official Blackwell family statement.
Blackwell’s chances of survival are ‘looking good’, according to his father in a recent social media post made by WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, who was ringside at the SSE Arena when the incident happened.
Chris Eubank Jr took Blackwell’s coveted British title at 160 pounds in brutal fashion at Wembley after an entertaining ten round battle and has since expressed his concern for his opponent publicly.
So far, reports of no surgery needed and a bleed outside of the brain are yet to be confirmed, although the chances of Blackwell ever fighting again are surely non-existent.