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Opponent taken to hospital as Brighton's Chris Eubank Jr claims title win

Eubank Jr landed punches from the off Credit: Reuters

Boxer Nick Blackwell has been taken to hospital following his match against Chris Eubank Jr to defend his Middleweight title.

The fight at Wembley Arena was stopped in the 10th round after the doctor decided Blackwell was unable to see sufficiently from his left eye.

The Brighton fighter claimed victory to become the new British middleweight champion after easily dominating the match.

He landed punches from the off and found it easy to evade Blackwell, who as the fight went on looked more and more like he would need a knock-out to retain his belt.

But that never looked forthcoming.

Blackwell's eye had been closing for a few rounds and blood was coming out of his nose when the referee stopped the fight.

"I hit him with some big shots, maybe the referee should have stopped the fight earlier," Eubank Jr said.

Blackwell was taken from the ring on a stretcher.

Eubank Jnr consoled by his father at a previous fight ion 2015 Credit: PA


New scheme to encourage cyclists in Portsmouth

Free guided rides will be organised Credit: ITV

A new cycling community has been launched by Portsmouth City Council to connect everyone interested in cycling in Portsmouth and beyond.

The Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page is the place to find out the latest news about cycling in the city.

There will be free guided rides in partnership with British Cycling, the annual Pedal Portsmouth family cycling event and professional cycling days in the city.


Football club for young people with Down's syndrome

A new football club with only eight players is looking for more signings so that it can compete against other teams. There is just one special condition - players must be a young person with Down's syndrome. The group, thought to be the first of its kind in Hampshire, is being run by a charity linked to Southampton Football Club. Kerry Swain reports.

More details here.

Football club looking for new signings

Great Oaks School football club is looking for more signings Credit: ITV News Meridian

A new football club with only eight players is looking for more signings so it can compete against other teams - but they must be a young person with Downs Syndrome.

The group, at Great Oaks School in Southampton, is thought to be the first of its kind in Hampshire. It is being run by the Saints Foundation, the charity arm of Southampton Football Club.

Their call for more players coincides with Down's Syndrome Awareness Week from 20th - 26th March.

Amazing video as Alex Thomson performs latest stunt

British round-the-world sailor, Alex Thomson, has unveiled yet another death-defying stunt.

Thomson, on a kiteboard, chased his IMOCA open 60 Hugo Boss boat upwind and attached himself via a rope to the top of the boat’s mast. The skipper then utilised the speed of the race boat to propel himself 280ft into the air, sending him surfing above the yacht.

When Thomson reached the peak of his flight, he detached himself from the boat and expertly controlled his descent back down, landing the kiteboard on the water.

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