Trainer loses li­cence over Black­well’s un­sanc­tioned spar­ring

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Sport -

Trainer Liam Wilkins has had his li­cence with­drawn by the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol fol­low­ing an un­sanc­tioned spar­ring ses­sion which left boxer Nick Black­well in hospi­tal and his life in dan­ger.

Wilkins over­saw the spar­ring ses­sion with Hasan Karkardi in Novem­ber, eight months af­ter Black­well re­tired from box­ing af­ter he suf­fered a bleed on the skull and was put into an in­duced coma fol­low­ing a fight with Chris Eubank, jun.

Fol­low­ing a hear­ing, which Black­well was too ill to at­tend, the board also an­nounced that it has sus­pended the li­cence of Karkardi, a light-heavy­weight who has won seven and lost one of his eight pro­fes­sional con­tests to date. The BBBC state­ment de­scribed Wilkins’ con­duct as “detri­men­tal to the in­ter­ests of box­ing” and added: “In view of the se­ri­ous­ness thereof, it is not in the in­ter­ests or wel­fare of box­ing for him to hold a trainer’s li­cence.” Black­well was put in an in­duced coma af­ter col­laps­ing shortly af­ter his 10th-round de­feat by Eubank in a Bri­tish mid­dleweight ti­tle fight in March.

Black­well suf­fered a bleed on the brain but did not re­quire surgery and woke one week later.

He was granted a trainer’s li­cence by the board but con­ceded he was strug­gling to ac­cept that his box­ing ca­reer was over.

That de­sire to fight again re­sulted in an ill-fated spar­ring ses­sion at the De­vises Am­a­teur Box­ing Club, which in turn re­sulted in him be­ing taken to hospi­tal where he had surgery to re­move part of his skull.

Black­well is con­tin­u­ing to re­cover from his lat­est in­jury and is ex­pected to un­dergo a se­cond op­er­a­tion to re­place the part of his skull he had re­moved.

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