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Exclusive: Peter Fury sympathises with ‘fighting man’ Nick Blackwell, devastated by injury

Phil Jay 29/11/2016

Nick Lourens

Renowned boxing trainer Peter Fury is deeply saddened after hearing of Nick Blackwell’s current plight as the former middleweight boxer recovers from further brain surgery.

Blackwell, 26, was a stablemate of Peter’s son Hughie and ex-world heavyweight champion nephew, Tyson Fury, having appeared on shows alongside both under the Hennessy Sports banner.

It’s been well documented that Blackwell had found it difficult to leave the sport behind once suffering a bleed on the brain in his match-up with Chris Eubank Jr. last March, which culminated in him participating in a sparring session that has ultimately led to further problems.

Now out of sedation, Blackwell is seemingly free from immediate danger and Fury hopes fans and media take it easy on the Trowbridge man who is obviously battling demons due to his unconditional love of fighting.

“I am very sad to hear the news regarding Nick Blackwell. I was with him and Gary Lockett in Belfast only a few weeks ago,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Sometimes when you feel so good and love a sport as much as Nick does, then I can see why he’s got back in the ring with the intentions of trying to come back.

“I know nick is an exceptional young man, a throwback in fighting terms and this is not the time to blame anyone else. He’s got top people around him in Gary Lockett and Mick Hennessy who deeply care for him alongside his close friends and family.

“We are all devastated to hear this sad news and pray for his recovery. Of course, he shouldn’t have been in a boxing ring again. However, young men will do what they want to do no matter how much we all say otherwise.

“Nick is a fighting man and he will come through this ordeal, yet again.”

Frank Warren has called for British licences to be revoked from anyone involved in the training session, which the Board’s General Secretary Robert Smith has already begun to investigate.

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