Chris Eubank Sr praised for key in-fight intervention
Boxing fans are praising Chris Eubank for his intervention midway through the fight which left Nick Blackwell in an induced coma, suggesting the veteran star may have prevented his son from inflicting further damage.
Blackwell remained in hospital in a stable condition last night, after going 10 rounds with Chris Eubank Jr despite clear and significant damage to his left eye which led to a bleed on the brain, but as the British Board of Boxing Control indicated it was "satisfied" with the way the referee handled the fight, some suggested things could have been even worse had it not been for Eubank Sr's input at the end of the eighth round.
Eubank Sr, who has his own experience of seeing an opponent badly hurt when he left Michael Watson in a 40-day coma 25 years ago, could be seen on TV stepping in to his son's corner.
He could be heard apparently advising against doing further damage to Blackwell's swollen eye, saying: "If the referee doesn't stop it, then I don't know what to tell you, but I will tell you this: one, if he doesn't stop it and we keep on beating him like this, he is getting hurt; two, if it goes to a decision, why didn't the referee stop the fight? I don't get why.
"So maybe you shouldn't leave it to the referee. So you're not going to take him out to the face - you're going to take him out to the body."
Robert Smith, general secretary of the BBBC, said after speaking to Blackwell's doctor that the 25-year-old was "going to be in hospital for some time".
Mr Smith was asked about the decision to continue the fight .
He said: "Every boxer who gets into a ring knows the risks.
"We have everything in place as best we can, but we're never going to make it 100 per cent safe."
Former Eubank Sr opponent Watson said: "I went down memory lane in many senses. It was strange watching Chris in the corner with his son, and I have seen most of young Chris' fights.
"Chris and Nick were involved in a very tough fight, and it was a very sad thing to see Nick hurt at the end and then to hear what has happened to him after the fight. "It was a real sense of deja vu as the story unfolded.
"I obviously wish Nick and his family love and prayers as he is cared for in hospital."