BBBofC’s Robert Smith ‘sickened’, says Nick Blackwell sparring after brain bleed is ‘beyond belief’

The British Boxing Board of Control’s General Secretary Robert Smith confirmed the former British middleweight champion ‘underwent a procedure’ after being rushed to hospital but wants answers as to why Blackwell would put himself in that situation in the first place.

“What we understand is that Nick Blackwell sparred, he was taken ill and taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition,” Smith said in a statement.

“He no longer has a boxer’s licence, but he does have a trainer’s licence, which is a completely different thing. He should not have been boxing.

“I’m sickened by it. It’s a very tough sport and the doctors here did a wonderful job to save his life. The doctors at hospital saved his life and kept him going.

“He made remarkable recovery and for somebody to go and do what he’s done, for what I thought was a very sensible young man, is just beyond belief,” he added.

Blackwell’s condition is said to be ‘stable’ overnight, although full details are yet to be officially released by the family or former promoter Mick Hennessy.

The 28 year-old has already gone through so much in 2016 but now faces an uncertain future due to his obvious love of the sport he’s struggled to leave behind.