Chris Eubank told his son to stop hitting Nick Blackwell in the head

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Nick Blackwell is currently in an induced coma after suffering a bleed on the brain during his British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night.

The latest is that surgeons are not planning to operate on the 25-year-old from Trowbridge and, according to BBC Sport, no increase in the pressure on his brain was detected during a scan on Sunday.

It could have been a lot worse for Blackwell. Indeed, some words of advice from Eubank Jr’s father may well have saved the fighter’s life - and that’s no exaggeration.


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After the 8th round, Blackwell was holding on and questions were being asked of the referee and specifically why he was allowing the fight to continue.

Eubank told his son to take it easy on Blackwell and aim for the body instead of the head, in order to help his opponent avoid a potentially serious injury.

Video: Eubank's advice for his son

"If the referee doesn't stop it then, I don't know what to tell you,” Eubank told his son, per Boxing Guru. “But I will tell you this: if he doesn't stop it and we keep beating him like this, he is getting hurt, and if it goes to a decision why didn't the referee stop the fight, I don't get why.”

Eubank was speaking from experience

Eubank was speaking from his experience. Almost 25 years ago, he beat Michael Watson in a bout that left the former middleweight champions in a coma.

Watson was left paralysed after suffering near-fatal brain injuries, including a blood clot forming on his brain minutes after the fight.

Hopefully Blackwell goes on to make a speedy recovery - and if he does, Eubank deserves some credit for his essential act of sportsmanship.

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