Boxer Left Wheelchair-Bound After Brain Injury in First Fight

A teenage boxer has been left wheelchair-bound after suffering brain damage in his first-ever fight.

Nathan Davies, of Porthcawl, was rushed to hospital after he collapsed in the third round of his boxing debut.

The 17-year-old was on a life support machine for two-and-a-half weeks with a bleed on the brain.


But the damage done to his brain means Nathan has lost the use of his limbs and now needs a wheelchair.

Nathan's dad, Martin Davies called the experience "worse than a nightmare".

He said: "No-one knows why he collapsed. He wasn't badly hit, there's no underlying health problems but something must have triggered it. Seeing your son attached to all those machines, it was a living nightmare. Then they showed us his brain scan and our world collapsed. He started getting movement in his left arm the other day, so we take it one hurdle at a time. And goals like that spur him and us on."

The youngster had taken to the ring for a bout meant to be a step towards national trials.

The teenager was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff after he collapsed in June last year.

His supporters have launched fundraising projects to aid his recovery, but say he faces a "tough battle" following his life-saving surgery.

Former WBU middleweight champion Gary Lockett is one of the tragic teen's high-profile supporters and has been helping to raise money.

Lockett said: "He's got a tough battle ahead, and he's recovering very slowly. We don't know how good his recovery will be."

Lockett was in the corner of Nick Blackwell during a fight which saw him put into an induced coma following a bout with Chris Eubank Jr last year.

He said it was this experience which prompted him to help Nathan and his family.

A JustGiving page set up by the ex-professional boxer aims to raise £40,000 for the 17-year-old.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hype Job on 09-08-2017

Wishing for a speedy recovery. Boxing/combat sports is no joke.

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 09-08-2017

[QUOTE=TinAgeOfBoxing;18026540]Everyone that supports boxing is responsible for this. Boxing is glorified bum fights. Peasants do not want to take responsibility for there actions but will be forced to on the next world.[/QUOTE] Peasants? The peasants are responsible? Excuse me for…

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 09-08-2017

If this incident occurred in June 2016, what has prompted boxingscene to report on this, now, over a year late?

Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 09-08-2017

Everyone that supports boxing is responsible for this. Boxing is glorified bum fights. Peasants do not want to take responsibility for there actions but will be forced to on the next world.

Comment by Left Hook Larry on 09-08-2017

Wish this kid all the best. Just trying to follow his dream and is hit with tragedy. Hope he makes a full recovery

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