Shocker: Nick Blackwell hospitalized following sparring injury
Former British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell is reported to be in a ‘stable’ condition after being rushed to hospital following a sparring session this week.
The 26 year-old from Trowbridge, who suffered life-threatening injuries when losing his Lonsdale Belt to Chris Eubank Jr. in March, was training in the gym when he became unwell and needed treatment.
Blackwell was worked on by doctors, although the full extent of the ex-boxers condition is not yet known.
“We are investigating this matter and it will be fully looked into, but it is very early days,” Robert Smith, General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control said in a statement.
“We understand that Blackwell was sparring sometime this week and he has undergone a procedure. We don’t know exactly what the procedure was yet.
“We have spoken to a number of people about this and we will be putting the full facts together.”
It’s no secret that Blackwell had found it difficult to deal with his early exit from the sport and held desires to become a full-time coach after applying for his license.
Brother Dan, a fighter in his own right, announced his retirement in the wake of Nick’s previous plight only to make a comeback just weeks later.
More is set to be revealed on Blackwell in due course.