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The Sting of Retirement: A Conversation with Nick Blackwell

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It’s been said by some that former British middleweight champ Nick Blackwell is too brave for his own good. Fighting through ten punishing rounds with Chris Eubank Jr back in April, Blackwell certainly showed more heart than most. There was little inkling early on that this was to be the final fight of the 25-year-old’s career. As lean and pretty as middleweight fighters come, Blackwell looked confident that evening—bolstered by the jeering of his champion pals at ringside.

Eubank Jr—bafflingly fighting for a British title when a world title fight had been open to him—seemed full of cold rage, throwing devastating combinations throughout. It was a show of spectacular and brutal talent. Blackwell consistently returned blows, but sustained enough damage to be losing on points by the eighth round. To his credit, Blackwell stayed upright and alert for the duration.

A grotesquely swollen eye forced the fight to end in the 10th—and then the unthinkable happened. After the fight, Nick collapsed and was sent to the hospital with a small bleed on the brain. He was put into an induced coma, and the boxing community feared the worst. Such serious injury is a rarity in the sport, but it couldn’t help to chillingly recall the brutal consequences of the Watson/Eubank fight in 1991.

Thankfully, the Cardiff-based fighter has made a full recovery, with no lasting health effects. In talking to Nick, the sting of his early retirement still seems fresh—but he is optimistic about the future.

Fightland: What have you been up to lately? What does a typical day look like for you?
Nick Blackwell: It’s been a little bit all over the place. I’m used to being quite structured, getting out there and training, eating with the lads in Cardiff and training again. At the moment, I’m still getting up and training, eating healthy—and ….View full article

Source:: fightland.vice.com