Nick Blackwell’s last opponent, the man who effectively ended his career, has commented on the Trowbridge man’s current hospitalization following a sparring incident.
Chris Eubank Jr., who dominated Blackwell over ten rounds in March to take his British title, expressed his concern for the 26 year-old who has since struggled to deal with losing his position in the sport.
“Nick Blackwell is back in hospital after he tried to start sparring again. He’s a tough, tough kid and I know he’ll get himself through it again,” said Eubank.
The top middleweight contender added: “I honestly hope everything is ok and the procedure he’s had is not a serious one.”
Nick Blackwell and whoever he was sparring are a pair of idiots! Some people dont get a second chance after what happened to him.
— Joe Selkirk (@JoeSelkirk69) November 27, 2016
I just don't understand what the people that was with or sparring nick Blackwell was doing! Hope he gets back on track soon X
— Mitchell Smith (@MitchellSmith92) November 27, 2016
Before you jump on Nick Blackwell's back, try letting something go that isn't just a passion it's a lifestyle. It's all he's ever know.
— Miles Shinkwin (@milesshinkwin) November 27, 2016
Swelling on the brain, following what would still have been significant blows to the head, have meant Blackwell had to undergo another surgery to relieve swelling and pressure in his skull.
Fellow boxers, alongside British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith, have since reacted in disbelief to the news that Blackwell put himself in the position to be hit in the head following life-threatening surgery.
Blackwell spent almost a month in a coma and was highly lucky to come out of the incident with all his faculties intact in the first place.
Tragic Mike Towell wasn’t as fortunate as Blackwell and tragically lost his life in September on the back of similar injuries.