British Board Investigating Nick Blackwell Sparring Incident

Nick Blackwell is no longer sedated after being operated on to reduce swelling on his brain.

Press Association Sport understands the retired middleweight is stable but as he is yet to wake his condition is being monitored.

The 26-year-old suffered the injury last Tuesday in an ill-advised sparring session that took place despite him no longer having a licence to box.


He had retired after collapsing at the end of his defeat by Chris Eubank Jnr in March, when he was found to have suffered a bleed on the skull and put into an induced coma.

While Blackwell remains in hospital and will continue to be monitored by doctors, the British Boxing Board of Control’s (BBBC) investigation into the circumstances surrounding his injury is also ongoing.

Their general secretary Robert Smith has spoken of their need to discover who oversaw the sparring session and who else was involved.

The incident happened without the knowledge of Blackwell’s former trainer Gary Lockett, who had encouraged the fighter to get his trainer’s licence if he wanted to remain in the sport.

Lockett said in a statement: “I can’t believe the boxer he sparred with, and (the) coach or coaches involved, would ever allow Nick to spar when he’s had a brain injury.

“In due course, I hope they are dealt with by the British Boxing Board of Control in the correct manner.

“We thought that was all going very well and while we knew Nick missed boxing, we obviously didn’t realise the extent to which he missed it.

“I am deeply saddened by what has happened. Nick is not just an ex-boxer of mine, but also someone I consider to be a friend.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 11-30-2016

This happened before with Akeem anifowoshe when he fought Roberto quiroga, both fighters lost something in that ring. akeem was in a coma etc and when told he would never fought again and was refuse a licence in america, he…

Comment by Ray* on 11-30-2016

He was given a trainers licence, so he is still involve in the sport. The problem might be a macho culture thing, he needs to understand the reality of things, get on with your life as a trainer or end…

Comment by Lunchbucket on 11-30-2016

The guy he was sparring with might not of known who he was and the injury he had previously sustained. If he did he should be ashamed of himself.

Comment by Redd Foxx on 11-28-2016

Who is the dipshyt sparring partner that was ok punching this guy shortly after he nearly died from boxing? I'm not an "it takes a village" type, but FFS... The guy couldn't say, "No thanks, this sounds like a bad…

Comment by turnedup on 11-28-2016

Its gotta be hard for him to just give up all of those years he put into becoming a pro and there probably isn't much else he's equipped to do. That's the nature of sports. I hope someone takes this…

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