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Nick Blackwell wakes from coma after Chris Eubank Jr fight

Middleweight boxer Nick Blackwell has woken from his induced coma and has been talking to family and close friends, his promoters Hennessy Sports have said.

Blackwell was taken to hospital after last Saturday's British middleweight title fight in London with Chris Eubank Jr was stopped in round 10.

He was in an induced coma for almost seven days following the middleweight title contest on March 26.

His promoters Hennessy Sports said that contrary to early reports his bleed was outside the brain on the skull and was "minor enough for there to be no need to operate".

Nick awoke from his coma on Saturday and was talking to friends and family at his bedside.

In a statement Hennesy Sports said: "Finally, at the weekend, Nick woke from this induced coma, acknowledged the voices of loved ones and, by Sunday, was starting to talk. It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet.

"On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed.

"Nick Blackwell won the hearts of over three million (television) viewers on March 26 with an astonishing display of all-action bravery and determination. In the past week, however, he has humbled millions more. He's a fighter. He's a warrior. He's a true champion and gentleman."

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