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Nick Blackwell, pictured, collapsed at the end of his defeat by Chris Eubank Jnr.

Chris Eubank Jnr reveals desire to visit Nick Blackwell in hospital

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Chris Eubank Jnr has revealed his pleasure at learning that Nick Blackwell has woken from his coma and asked if he can visit his former rival.

The British middleweight champion stopped Blackwell in the 10th round of last Saturday's fight to win his title, but since then has been concerned for his opponent's health as Blackwell collapsed shortly afterwards and spent the following week in an induced coma.

The 25-year-old was found to have suffered a bleed on the skull, but did not require surgery, woke on Saturday and was speaking to friends and family on Sunday.

His promoter Hennessy Sports revealed the latest developments on Monday, and Eubank Jnr, 26, has since led those welcoming the positive news.

"Little message to you Nick, I'd love to come down to the hospital and see you if that's possible, if that's cool with you and your family, I've got something for you, so let me know man," he said in a video posted on Instagram.

"Very happy he's up and about."

He added on Twitter: "Very happy to hear Nick Blackwell has awoken from his coma. Nick I'd like to come see you if possible, I've got something for you bro."

In the same way the British boxing community demonstrated its support for Blackwell in the hours after he collapsed - fellow middleweight Adam Etches started a crowdfunding campaign for him and David Haye has pledged to donate 10 per cent of ticket sales from his next fight - other fighters have spoken of their relief.

"So delighted that Nick Blackwell has come out of his induced coma and is speaking to his family," wrote the retired Barry McGuigan, whose son Shane added: "Delighted to hear the news Nick Blackwell has woken and is already talking to his family and friends. Get well soon mate."

Gennady Golovkin, the feared WBA and IBF middleweight champion from Kazakhstan who fights out of the US, wrote: "Great to hear Nick Blackwell is awake and with family and friends."

There were further messages from 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell, promoter Frank Warren and the recently-retired Kevin Mitchell, while Peter Fury - the uncle and trainer of Tyson - who is close to Blackwell's promoter Mick Hennessy, wrote: "Great news Nick Blackwell has made a full recovery. Mick said he's smiling and talking, even telling jokes. In God we trust."

Enzo Maccarinelli, who through working with Blackwell's trainer Gary Lockett is one of his stablemates, added: "I'm absolutely thrilled that the warrior has woken up from his coma. True warrior."

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