Chris Eubank Jnr offers title belt to Nick Blackwell as gesture of goodwill

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Chris Eubank Jnr has responded to Nick Blackwell's criticism by revealing his "shock" at the fighter's comments and offering his British middleweight title belt as a gesture of goodwill.

In interviews with The Sun and on Good Morning Britain, Blackwell had accused the Eubanks of being "inhuman" for staging a press conference to discuss their fight in March while he was in hospital in an induced coma.

Blackwell had collapsed after his 10th-round defeat through suffering a bleed on the skull. He has since recovered, but is unhappy the Eubanks ignored his family's requests not to hold that press conference while he remained in a coma.

He also described Eubank Snr's mid-fight instructions for his son to attack his body, instead of his head, as "tactical" in the belief he wanted to inspire the stoppage, and not because of concerns surrounding his health.

"I was shocked when I first heard the things he had been saying because we had a little talk on social media on Twitter," said Eubank Jnr, 26, on GMB.

"He said everything was okay and that there was no hard feelings, but the truth is that I ended the guy's career, I've stopped him being able to make a living.

"Was it intentional? No. Did I want any of this to happen? Of course not."

Gesturing to his British title belt, he added: "I wanted to come see him because I had something for him and that something is my British title belt.

"I felt the fight was a great fight, I felt he held himself amazingly, it was a beautiful fight. His career's over now, so as a gesture I was going to come to the hospital and present him with the belt.

"The guy's a true warrior, regardless of what's been said, the only thing that's important is that he is now okay, he's with his family and he can live a normal life with no restrictions. I believe that the belt (is) a goodwill gesture, I'm still ready to come and give it to him."

The 25-year-old Blackwell also said Eubank Jnr had gone out partying to celebrate victory while he fought for his life, but the latter insisted that was "100 per cent not true" and that he cancelled a planned trip to New York, before Eubank Snr defended his cornerwork.

"It was tactical but at the same time compassionate," said the 49-year-old. "He was never in the fight and I knew the power with which Junior strikes and he's throwing averagely 130 punches a round.

"I said on a separate occasion, in a round they didn't show, 'Leave his head alone', which is what I'm always telling him in sparring anyway."

Eubank Jnr added: "He saw his state and he advised me, 'Listen there's no need to keep hitting him to the head, eventually he's going to get stopped so go to the body'.

"He knows from past experience what can happen to fighters when they take that amount of punishment."

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