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Boxer Nick Blackwell wakes from coma

Nick Blackwell was placed in an induced coma following his fight with Chris Eubank Jr. Credit: Reuters

Middleweight boxer Nick Blackwell woke from his induced coma on Saturday and was talking to family and close friends on Sunday, his promoters Hennessy Sports have said.

Blackwell came round on Saturday and was able to speak to those closest to him on Sunday.

Blackwell with his brother Dan and friend Jake. Credit: Hennessy Sports

It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet.

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.

Nick Blackwell won the hearts of over three million (television) viewers on March 26 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.

– Hennessy Sports Management

Nick Blackwell was put into an induced coma following a British middleweight title bout with Chris Eubank Jr, which was stopped in the 10th round. His opponent in that fight has sent the following message on his Instagram account:

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Team Eubank said in a statement:

We are relieved and delighted that Nick Blackwell is awake and talking. We have been thinking about him, and his recovery, every day and wishing him well.

When he is feeling up to it and with the agreement of his family, Chris Snr and Jnr would like to visit Nick in hospital.

– Team Eubank

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Professional boxers set to compete at Olympics

Top professional boxers will become eligible to compete in this summer's Rio Olympics under radical new proposals being pushed through by the sport's world governing body, AIBA.

Anthony Joshua. Credit: PA

Its president, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has indicated that the last remaining barriers preventing full-time professionals competing in the Games are set to be abolished within a matter of months.

In an interview with Press Association Sport, Wu said: "We want the best boxers to come to the Olympic Games. It is AIBA's 70th birthday, and we want something to change - not after four years, but now.

"It is an IOC policy to have the best athletes in the Games, and of the international federations, AIBA is probably the only one without professional athletes in the Olympics.

"We already have our own professionals, APB and WSB boxers, in the Games - [and] we will go further."

Pressed on whether the change could realistically be made in time to affect eligibility for the Rio Olympics this summer, Wu replied: "According to our statutes it is absolutely possible."

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