Chris Eubank Junior sees things differently to his father

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Chris Eubank Junior understands why his father would want to pull him out of a fight if he was taking the same kind of punishment as Nick Blackwell - but as a "warrior" could never agree with the decision.

Blackwell, 25, has been in an induced coma after collapsing at the end of Saturday's British middleweight title defeat by Eubank and was found to have suffered a small bleed on the brain.

Referee Victor Loughlin stopped the fight in the 10th round because of the horrific swelling around Blackwell's left eye, but only shortly before Chris Eubank Senior had told his son to aim his shots at his opponent's body rather than his head.

Eubank Sr, who left Michael Watson partially paralysed and with irreparable brain damage during their infamous 1991 fight, insists there would be no question of his own approach were the situation ever to be reversed - even if it were "to alienate me from my son for life".

While accepting why his father would take such a stance, it is not something the 26-year-old would ever instruct him to do.

"He is a father. I have not started that part of my life yet, but I can only imagine the feelings you would get as a father seeing your son in a fight, and if it is a situation where your son is losing the fight, then it is going to be seriously hard to watch," Eubank Jr told Press Association Sport.

"I can understand why he would say if I was taking severe punishment he would think about pulling me out - but the fighter and warrior in me would never agree, never condone that.

"I could never say to him 'dad, if the situation ever comes up in the future, then pull me out if I am getting hurt'.

"Thank God that situation has not arisen so far yet in my career and hopefully it never will, but if it does, what can I say? He would have to make a decision, but he knows my feelings on it."

Eubank Jr continued: " I believe as a warrior and a fighter, you battle until the end, until you cannot battle any more physically and mentally. I don't believe in throwing the towel in.

"I am not saying they shouldn't have stopped the (Blackwell) fight, this is just about me because I believe the fight should have stopped, but me personally no matter how much of beating I am taking it is the warrior code, that is what I have signed up for.

"I know the risks. I am reaping the rewards of the sport and so therefore if the tides ever did turn, I am supposed to stay there and take whatever comes like a man."

For Eubank Sr, the 49-year-old feels the Watson fight and its aftermath are ''part of me'', but believes the saga has also given him a unique sense of perspective for the sport. His son believes having such an insight in your corner is invaluable.

Eubank Jr, who in winning the British title achieved something which eluded his famous father, said: "His input and guidance is priceless.

"He is one of the most successful and well-loved fighters in British history, you can't buy experience like that so to have a man like that in your corner and watching over your training and advising everything you do, it can only be a good thing.

"I have learned so much from him, so the people who like to say he should not be around me so much and he should just give me my space, they don't really understand boxing, that fighters need as much help as they can get when it comes to guidance.

"What better mentor to have then a former world champion in the same division as yourself? I take full advantage of everything that he has to tell me."

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