Nick Blackwell announced his premature retirement from boxing back in April after a bout with Chris Eubank Jr a month earlier left him fighting for his life.
The 26-year-old was in a medically-induced coma for a week after suffering a bleed on the brain and it was touch and go whether he’d pull through.
“I was placed in an induced coma within 13 1/2 minutes of leaving the ring, but I flatlined and died for a little while (in the ambulance) before being injected with adrenalin,” Blackwell told ITV, per the Telegraph, after making a recovery.
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He added: “Recovery has been quick and I’m 100 percent now and back to my old self.”
Blackwell was praised for showing the bravery to hang up his gloves. It was the smart thing to do. Boxing again could potentially have devastating consequences.
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Blackwell rushed to hospital after sparring session
However, according to The Sun, Blackwell was rushed to hospital this week after being injured in a sparring session.
It seems the Trowbridge-born fighter has risked his health by putting on a pair of boxing gloves once again.
Robert Smith: 'I'm sickened by it'
"I understand he was sparring, fell ill, was taken to hospital and then underwent a procedure,” The British Boxing Board's general secretary Robert Smith told The Sun.
“I don’t know exactly what the procedure was, other than the fact they tried to relieve pressure on the brain and he’s now in a stable condition. That’s all I know.”
He added: "I'm sickened by it. It's a very tough sport and the doctors here did a wonderful job to save his life. The doctors at hospital saved his life and kept him going.
"He made remarkable recovery and for somebody to go and do what he's done, for what I thought was a very sensible young man, is just beyond belief."
Blackwell recently admitted he's missing fighting
It’s been eight months since Blackwell fought Eubank Jr and, in an interview with iFL TV this week, he admitted that he desperately missed being inside the ring fighting.
"It has been hard, real hard. All of a sudden it's hit me that I can't fight again,” he said, per The Sun.
"Taking the lads, like my brother Dan, doing his corner and training him, and helping Gary, I'm still involved in a big way.
"But watching the lads fight, it makes me want to fight even more. It doesn't actually help me, it makes things worse.
"Now I can't do it, it's horrible. If I had a million quid I'd pay that to fight again and be back to how I was — that's how bad it is.
"I probably could fight again if I wanted to. I'd have to go for a medical and stuff, but I spoke to Gary and said 'if I was fine to fight again would you train me?' and he said 'no'.
"I wouldn't have anyone else in my corner, so if Gary wouldn't train me I wouldn't come back."
It’s been reported that the British Boxing Board of Control are now investigating Blackwell’s latest injury.
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