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Trainer Liam Wilkins has had his licence withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control following an unsanctioned sparring session which left boxer Nick Blackwell in hospital and his life in danger.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