Boxer Nick Blackwell wakes from induced coma
Middleweight boxer Nick Blackwell woke from his induced coma on Saturday, a week after collapsing at the end of his fight with Chris Eubank Jnr, his promoters Hennessy Sports have confirmed.
The 25-year-old former British champion at no stage required an operation after he was found to have a bleed on the skull, and after staff at London's St Mary's hospital gradually reduced his sedatives, he woke on Saturday and was able to speak to his family and friends on Sunday.
"It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet," read a statement released by Hennessy Sports.
"On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed.
"Nick Blackwell won the hearts of over three million (television) viewers on March 26 (in a 10th-round stoppage defeat by Eubank Jnr) with an astonishing display of all-action bravery and determination.
"In the past week, however, he has humbled millions more. He's a fighter. He's a warrior. He's a true champion and gentleman."
The respectful Eubank Jnr quickly reached out to Blackwell on hearing the news of his former opponents step forward in his progress, as he asked to come and see the stricken fighter in hospital with this tweet:
Very happy to hear @nickblackwell02 has awoken from his coma. Nick i'd like to come see you if possible, I've got something for you bro 👊🏽— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) April 4, 2016