Eubank dis­gusts Black­well

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Nick Black­well has spo­ken of his “dis­gust” at the “in­hu­man” re­ac­tion of Chris Eubank Jnr and his fa­ther fol­low­ing the Bri­tish mid­dleweight ti­tle clash that threat­ened to cost him his life.

Black­well was placed in an in­duced coma hav­ing col­lapsed shortly af­ter be­ing stopped the bout with Eubank Jnr back in March.

The 25-year-old, who has since re­tired, was found to have suf­fered a bleed on the skull but woke af­ter a week with­out re­quir­ing surgery.

Tele­vi­sion images ap­peared to show Eubank Sr telling his son not to aim for Black­well’s head dur­ing the fight, which was stopped in the 10th round by ref­eree Vic­tor Lough­lin.

“Even in spar­ring, I tell Ju­nior to stay away from the head be­cause his punch­ing is fast, pow­er­ful and dan­ger­ous,” Eubank, a for­mer mid­dleweight and su­per-mid­dleweight world cham­pion, told the BBC days af­ter the bout.

“So most cer­tainly I was say­ing this to pro­tect the fighter.”

That led Black­well to say the Eubanks were try­ing to “grab as much at­ten­tion as they could” and “make them­selves look like the good guys”.

Black­well told The Sun: “I haven’t any hard feel­ings about the fight be­cause you’re in there to win and try and hurt some­one — it’s just the stuff he has done af­ter. It’s in­hu­man, it’s dis­gust­ing.

“My fam­ily and friends were beg­ging them not to talk, but they ig­nored it.

“I was still in a coma but they went ahead and did it.

“That’s the Eubanks, isn’t it? They just want at­ten­tion, no mat­ter if it’s a bad or a good thing.

“If Chris Jnr was in a coma and I wanted to do a press con­fer­ence on the Tues­day and their fam­ily was beg­ging me not to do it, I would not do it.

“My pro­moter was beg­ging Chris Snr. The Box­ing Board of Con­trol rang him and begged him not to do it.”

Eubank se­nior’s ring­side com­ments were seen by many as a re­ac­tion to his 1991 World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle stop­page-win over Michael Wat­son.

That bout ended with Wat­son need­ing ma­jor surgery. It also left him with ir­repara­ble brain da­m­age and par­tially paral­ysed.

But Black­well said: “The peo­ple who saved my life were the ref­eree, the per­son who put me in the coma and the peo­ple at St Mary’s Hospi­tal. The Eubanks didn’t save my life.

“Chris Jnr was asked later if he’d pick the belt or my health. He re­fused to an­swer.

“I’m not be­ing funny, but some­one’s health is more im­por­tant.

“The night of the fight he went par­ty­ing. He was cel­e­brat­ing...i would have wanted to go to the hospi­tal and be by his side un­til he woke up.”

Eubank Jnr de­fended his con- duct by telling the Sun: “Peo­ple and media de­manded that we speak to them. If we had just said ‘No com­ment’ it would have come off as cold.”

The 26-year-old added: “If Nick is part of the small per­cent­age that took of­fence, that’s un­for­tu­nate. It’s sad for me to hear some­thing like that.

“All I have ever wanted for Nick has been the best.” — AFP

Nick Black­well (left) and chris Eubank Jnr ex­change blows dur­ing their bru­tal ti­tle fight.

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