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Nick Blackwell confirms retirement from boxing - absolved Eubank Jr of blame

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Back on March 26, British boxer Nick Blackwell suffered a defeat at the hands of Chris Eubank Jr in a 10th round stoppage.

Shortly after the fight, the 26-year-old collapsed and, having been rushed to a nearby hospital, was placed in an induced coma after medical staff discovered bleeding on his skull.

Fortunately, Blackwell awoke from the coma two weeks ago and appears to be on the road to recovery. That road won't end with a return to the ring, though, after the boxer confirmed his retirement via social media on Monday night.

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Responding to a fan's question about whether he would be making a comeback in the future, Blackwell said he was "done," but insisted he'd still like to be involved in the sport:

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Considering his obvious talent - Blackwell had 19 wins in 24 professional fights and held the British Middleweight title until defeat vs Eubank Jr last month - the news will be met with disappointment by many fighting fans.

However, the former Commonwealth champion's decision never to return to the ring is fully understandable in light of the trauma he and his family have been through in recent weeks.

Blackwell received the backing of a whole host of high-profile figures within the fighting world when he was in the medically induced coma. David Haye, for instance, is donating some of the takings from his next fight to his cause.

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As such, the popular Wiltshire-native is unlikely to be short of offers if he is serious about remaining involved in boxing in some way, shape or form moving forward.

Blackwell has also absolved Eubank Jr of any blame for what has happened since the two met late last month. After being tweeted at by the new Middleweight champion on Monday, Blackwell responded by saying there were "no hard feelings".

Eubank Jr has made a point of checking on Blackwell's condition ever since the severity of his injuries was made public.

While some have tried to criticise his actions during the 10 round fight, Eubank Jr has reacted to the unfortunate situation with ultimate professionalism, as well as genuine concern for the well-being of his opponent.

With Blackwell confirming he has no plans to fight again, his focus can now turn to recovery. Two weeks removed from the medically induced coma, it appears the now retired boxer is making good progress.

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