Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Nick Blackwell Thinks Chris Eubank Jr. Has Had it Easy

By John Evans

The term ‘nothing to lose’ has many applications when discussing boxing. Whether you are talking about a fighter entering the final rounds of a bout trailing on points or a late notice substitute receiving an unexpected opportunity, the saying holds true. Trowbridge’s Nick Blackwell found himself in a classic no-lose situation when — as an eight fight novice — he stepped into the ring to contest the vacant British middleweight title with accomplished WBA title challenger Martin Murray last June.

Blackwell fought bravely, but was ultimately outgunned and withdrawn by his corner after five tough rounds. Rather than dwell on the defeat, Blackwell insists that the Murray fight was a great learning experience and — having rattled off four straight, inside the distance victories since — the results seem to back up his claims.
 
“I was inexperienced. I got a lot of things wrong, but I learnt so much (from the Murray fight),” Blackwell told BoxingScene recently. “Every fight I’ve had since that, I’ve stopped (the opponent) so that shows just how much I’ve learnt. I wouldn’t change it for the world to be honest. I was sparring Paul Smith a couple of weeks before and pulled a muscle in my rib and every time Martin smacked me in the body — well, I knew I’d done pretty much all I could in the first three rounds. I know I should have pulled out, but he’s ranked up there in world class now. I leant a lot from that fight
 
“I’ve got my weight spot on now. I struggle to get down to middleweight now whereas I was a small middleweight before and should have been a light middleweight to be fair (Blackwell weighed in at156lb for the Murray fight). I’ve got good sparring with people like Chris Eubank Jr and Tony Hill and training is going spot on. I can’t wait to get back out now.”
 
Former English champion Blackwell, now 12-1 (6), is obviously itching to get the new season underway and add a more prestigious title to the WBC Youth Silver middleweight belt he picked up in his most recent bout with Mikheil Khutsishvili (W RTD1).
 
He said: “A few things have come up. Martin Murray is supposed to be vacating the British title so obviously I could have fight for that in October but it depends who I’d be fighting against. Billy Joe Saunders is already defending his Commonwealth title so we’ll have to see.”
 
There is also another opportunity on Blackwell’s radar, one that has so far received scant publicity but would provide him with some major international exposure. Details are still vague but Blackwell has been nominated as Britain’s middleweight representative in the proposed WBC World Cup.
 
“It’s due to start in February in Las Vegas. It’s a super sixteen tournament in each weight class,” reveals Blackwell. “One person from Britain gets selected from each division. I know Lee Haskins has been selected at flyweight, but it’s being kept quiet at the minute I think.

“It was supposed to happen in September but because they didn’t have enough funding it’s been moved to February. I think it’ll be a fight every two or three months. You’ve got one lad from middleweight from each country fighting together so it’ll be nice if it all comes off.”
 
It’s an interesting time for the British middleweight division. While the established trio of Murray, Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker attempt to position themselves for a world title shot the next generation of Blackwell, Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr and John Ryder promise an exciting future for the 160lb class. Blackwell hopes to be competing with the established names over the next 18 months, but is happy to share his thoughts on the other challengers he is likely to face.
 
“It’s good,” says ‘Big Bang’ enthusiastically. “It’s a competitive division. There are quite a few up and coming middleweights now. I’d like to be up there with the top three but obviously Billy Joe Saunders has done pretty well but I don’t think he’s fought anybody who’s put him under pressure and I think he’s had it quite easy. Chris Eubank Jr’s had it quite easy at the minute too. It’ll be nice when they do step up and fight somebody half decent to see how they perform. There’s Kerry Hope too but he hasn’t got any power.
 
“I’ve sparred with Ryan Aston loads of times and the more I sparred with him the more I was hurting him. He’s still got that amateur style and like boxing on the outside and has a bit of a dodgy chin that got proved in his last fight (the previously unbeaten Aston was knocked out by Carl Valentine in July).”
 
The confident Blackwell could be set for a season to remember and hopes to ensure that the next time he is involved in a high profile fight, he does have something to lose.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 09-18-2012

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;12525916]I like Blackwell but he's talking out of his arse. Eubank Jr has made a good start to his career and has fought good opposition much better than what Blackwell had faced at this point. In fact, Jr's progression is…

Comment by coghaugen on 09-18-2012

:bsflag: I just can't think of fighters matched harder than Eubank Jr!

Comment by D-MiZe on 09-18-2012

I like Blackwell but he's talking out of his arse. Eubank Jr has made a good start to his career and has fought good opposition much better than what Blackwell had faced at this point. In fact, Jr's progression is…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Hairon Socarras Training Hard in Miami For February 3 Return Zab Judah Returns, Blasts Out Munguia in Two Rounds Jose Pedraza Confident That He Will Return Strong at Lightweight Javier Fortuna Ready - Targets Sosa, Corrales, Lomachenko Alvarez vs. Chavez Rematch is Being Planned For March 11 Miguel Cotto: Juan Manuel Marquez Fight is Very Viable Bradley Pryce Announces Retirement After Defeat Robbie Davies Jr. Crushes Zoltan Szabo, Retains WBA Regional Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Win Decisions, Khattab Shocked Bellew: 'Ego Maniac' David Haye Better Hope He Ends Me in Four Beterbiev: Barrera Proved To Be a Real Fighter, He Agreed To Fight Luis Cruz Admits He Was Close To Retirement Before Easter Shot Mundine: When I Beat Danny Green - Call Me Black Houdini! Frank Warren: Liam Walsh Ready, He Can Beat Gervonta Davis! Frampton Expects Another Fan Friendly Fight Against Santa Cruz Curtis Stevens Sure Hand Injury Fully Healed for Lemieux Fight Garcia, 2-1 Underdog vs. Thurman: 'I Guess Vegas Don’t Like Me' Frank Warren on The James DeGale vs. Badou Jack Outcome Early Results Are In: BoxingScene Ratings Update Linares vs. Crolla II Card - Tomi Tatham To Face Liam Conroy Lewis Crocker To Make Pro Debut on February 18th in Belfast Horn: Pacquiao Has Been Knocked Out Before, I Have The Power! Brook Frustrated By Khan, Admits a Lack of Motivation for Spence Conlan Expects Army of Irish Fans To Hit NY For Pro Debut Card Ricardo Mayorga Was Motivated By His Family To Resume Career De La Hoya: Chavez Will Not Be Easy For Canelo, It's a Big Concern Danny Roman Stops Adam Lopez in Ninth To Win WBA Eliminator De La Hoya: Donald Trump Refused To Come To Canelo's Fight Wilder Hopes The WBC Comes Down on Alexander Povetkin Stevenson Wants to Face Smith in NY; 4/29 Negotiations Ongoing Errol Spence Stays Ready in The Gym as IBF Scenario Plays Out WBC Reacts To Behavior, Controversial Comments By Angel Garcia Sullivan Barrera Accepts Artur Beterbiev IBF Eliminator WBA President Gives Status on Heavyweights, PED Testing, More Luis Ortiz vs. Jarrell Miller Could Top First Matchroom Card in U.S. Video: Michael Conlan Discusses His Pro Debut in March Joshua Coming To America, as Hearn Begins Build To Wilder Fight Felix Diaz Dares Crawford: Fight a Real Challenge, I'll Go To Omaha! Cotto vs. Kirkland, Lemieux vs. Stevens Land on BoxNation Photos: Anthony Mundine, Tim Tszyu Putting in Work
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement