Chris Eubank Jr reacts to news that Nick Blackwell has woken from his coma
Nick Blackwell has been woken from his coma.
The boxer was placed into an induced coma following his British middleweight title bout against Chris Eubank Jr on March 26th.
The fight was stopped in the 10th round, with Blackwell experiencing severe swelling to his eye, and the 25 year old had to be stretchered from the ring after he suffered a bleed to his skull.
Blackwell was woken from his coma on Monday afternoon, and was reportedly well enough to speak to family and friends who had gathered at his bedside.
Hennessy Sports, Blackwell's promoters, said he had won his "toughest fight yet," and released a statement on behalf of the boxer:
"Nick Blackwell won the hearts of over three million television viewers on 26 March 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.
"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."
Eubank Jr, Blackwell's opponent on the night, also wished the boxer well, tweeting that he was "very happy" Blackwell has woken, and that he hopes to come visit him in hospital.
Very happy to hear @nickblackwell02 has awoken from his coma. Nick i'd like to come see you if possible, I've got something for you bro 👊🏽
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) April 4, 2016