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Pictured: Nick Blackwell continues recovery eight months on from shock sparring injury

Phil Jay 11/07/2017

Nick Blackwell is looking good as the former British champion continues to make steady progress from a second brain injury.

Blackwell, 26, spent further time in a coma last November following a prohibited sparring incident which resulted in suspensions for a fellow fighter and coach.

‘Bang Bang’ almost died in the wake of losing his Lonsdale Belt to Chris Eubank Jr. months earlier and was warned by doctors never to take another blow to the head.

Since last year, fears for Blackwell’s long-term future have subsided as the Trowbridge man slowly regains his faculties.

Back in May, brother Dan Blackwell, also a boxer, gave WBN an update on Nick’s progress by saying: “Nick is doing OK. He’s talking a lot better now and he has been making progress with his walking,” Blackwell exclusively told World Boxing News.

“In the last six weeks, Nick has been improving by the week and right now we are just hoping he carries on with that improvement in the future.”

Asked whether doctors expect Nick to make a full recovery from his injuries, Dan replied: “They don’t know. Nobody can tell what the final outcome is going to be for Nick.

“The brain is just too complicated to understand and we just have to take each day as it comes. We hope the improvement continues for Nick,” he added.

In a visit to Blackwell this week, Team Fury photographer Karen Priestley posted the most recent picture on the back of proud mother Cindy releasing one weeks earlier.

WBN continues to wish Nick continued success in his progression from what was a very serious injury.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay

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