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Belfast boxer Stephen McMullan in ICU with brain injury following Ulster Elite fight

According to his family, Stephen McMullan 'took bad' the day after the fight and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit
Newington boxer Stephen McMullan

Newington boxer Stephen McMullan

Neasa Cumiskey

A Belfast boxer is in intensive care after suffering a brain injury following a bout last week.

Heavyweight Stephen McMullan, who fights with Newington Amateur Boxing Club in north Belfast, lost against Monkstown’s Charlie Boyle in the Ulster Elite senior boxing finals last Thursday.

According to his family, the 92kg boxer “took bad” the day after the fight and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

His sister Claire said that he was due for an MRI on Monday to assess the seriousness of the injury after having “a stable night” on Sunday.

Taking to social media, she wrote: “Wee brother had a stable night keeps opening his eyes and tried to speak and still opening his eyes this now sedation is turned down a bit as well.

“It’s gonna be a long road to recovery for him, he’s got the best team helping him in the Royal ICU and all his family and friends. The support means so much and the prayers are amazing, I truly believe they’re helping, thanks for all the messages guys, we do see them.”

Meanwhile, Stephen’s girlfriend Aimee Fitzsimons said that she “can’t do life without” her boyfriend as she asked her friends to pray for him in a series of Facebook posts.

She said: “Thank you everyone for texting. I’m seeing all your messages. I just don’t have the energy to reply sorry, he knows everyone is praying for him and he will pull though this as the fighter he is, he has to because we’re meant to be together forever️.

“Just keep praying for him because the prayers are working... We need to be lying in bed again like this photo. When he is awake he is going to kill me for posting on Facebook he’ll have me deleting it all lol, just come on my Steve you can do it baby you're the love of my whole life.”

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