Former British middleweight Nick Blackwell has thanked heavyweight boxer David Haye for his generosity, after the London-born fighter donated £100,000 from the ticket sales of his fight with Arnold Gjergjaj in May, following the 25-year-old's forced retirement back in March.
It has been a life-changing few months for Blackwell, who was told he could no longer take to the ring, after suffering a bleed on the skull following a brutal knock out by Chris Eubank Jr - who secured the British middleweight title that night, at Wembley Arena.
The middleweight was in a coma for a week and later advised to retire, leaving him searching for a new career, and Blackwell admitted that he never expected the level of generosity and support he received from Haye.
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And the Wiltshire fighter says that Haye has gone beyond helping him financially, but also given him some helpful advice that will help to set him up for the rest of his life.
"It's amazing, he's been so good to me. I didn't know him before at all, but he's texting me every other day, seeing how I am. He even 'FaceTimed' me from Miami." Blackwell told Sky Sports.
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"I didn't know him but I did some work in his gym - when he wasn't there - with George Groves and Shane [McGuigan, Haye's trainer].
"I'm so lucky, it's given me a real start and I'm really grateful to him. It's more than I got paid for any fight except the last one, against Eubank."
Haye has largely been criticised for his two comeback fights, having not fought since 2012 when a shoulder injury looked to have ended his career, knocking out Australian Mark De Mori in the first round, in January, before his most recent fight against Gjergjaj.
But while some big names in boxing have questioned the Londoner's comeback fights, it has provided Blackwell with financial support, and Haye has also offered the retired fighter the chance to make his name in a different area of the sport.
"He's also spoken to me about commentary, and me working as a commentator on his next fight." Blackwell admitted. "He's offered to help me find investments, looked into help-to-buy schemes and that, and recommended mortgage advisors.
"I didn't know anything about what he'd been saying until people told me when I woke up. But the whole thing has surprised me. It's set me up nicely; others who have had to retire haven't been as lucky."
Blackwell has previously admitted the fight that ended his career was "all a complete blur" in his mind, while Eubank Jr had offered him his British middleweight belt as a gesture, following the announcement of his retirement.
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