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Comatose boxer Blackwell 'not deteriorating'

Meanwhile, Billy Joe Saunders also gave an encouraging update on the condition of the fighter.

Nick Blackwell (file pic).
Nick Blackwell (file pic).
Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images

NICK BLACKWELL IS “not deteriorating” while in an induced coma following his British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jr, according to trainer Gary Lockett.

The BBC also quoted Lockett as saying on Monday that the 25-year-old had been “heavily sedated” but could be brought round on Tuesday.

Saturday saw Eubank Jr win the British middleweight title from Blackwell at London’s Wembley Arena when the referee stopped the contest in the tenth round after the ringside doctor ruled a closed left eye meant the defending champion could not continue.

During the bout Chris Eubank senior, the father of the new champion, told his son to stop hitting to the head of his opponent, although it was not clear if this was for tactical reasons or to spare Blackwell more severe punishment.

Meanwhile, Billy Joe Saunders also gave an encouraging update on the condition of Blackwell after he suffered bleeding on the brain.

Saunders, who carried Blackwell’s belt into the ring at the weekend, said the stricken 25-year-old’s father is confident he will make a recovery.

“Spoke to Nick’s Dad looking good he will be back to us in no time. Keep him in our thoughts and prayers God bless him and you all,” Saunders tweeted on Monday.

Additional reporting by The42 Team

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