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Bristol boxer says Blackwell fight should have been stopped

Nick Blackwell Credit: PA

World IBF bantamweight boxing champion, Lee Haskins, believes the boxing match which left fellow West Country boxer Nick Blackwell in a coma should have been stopped earlier than it was.

Trowbridge boxer, Nick Blackwell remains in a coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday.

On Saturday Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye and the British middleweight title bout was stopped in the 10th round.

Blackwell was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where the 25-year-old remained under observation on Sunday morning.

Former World Featherweight champion, Barry McGuigan, says no one is to blame.

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Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell in coma after middleweight defeat taken to hospital after British Middleweight defeat

Eubank Jr landed punches from the off and found it easy to evade Blackwell Credit: Reuters

Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell has been placed in an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday.

The British middleweight title bout was stopped in the 10th round after the ringside doctor advised the referee Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye.

Blackwell was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where the 25-year-old remained under observation on Sunday morning.

I spoke to one of the doctors this morning and he said there is a bleeding of the brain. He's in intensive care, he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being looked after by the experts. It's a very normal procedure. They put you in a coma to get the swelling to go down. There's no time-scale. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing.

– Robert Smith, British Boxing Board of Control

Trust set up in boxer Michael Graydon's memory

Credit: Family

The family of a boxing promoter from Bristol are setting up a trust in his memory.

Michael Graydon went missing in Monaco in February and his body was found in a ravine two weeks later.

His family flew out to help with the search and hope their experience - such as the use of social media - can help other people with missing relatives abroad.

Bristol's Lee Haskins crowned World Champion by default

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has been crowned World Champion because his oponent didn't make the weight. Credit: PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins is the new IBF Bantamweight Champion after his opponent Randy Caballero failed to make the weight at last night's weigh-in.

Caballero, the defending champion, was making a comeback after a year off through injury but he scaled five and a half pounds over the championship limit. The fight was called off and he was stripped of the belt.

Haskins says he's disappointed to miss out on a fight he's trained so hard for.

Bristol's Lee Haskins becomes World Champion

Lee Haskins celebrates beating Ryosuke Iwasa to win the Interim IBF World Bantamweight Title Credit: Paul Harding/PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins has beaten Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa and become the new IBF Interim bantamweight champion of the world.

The sell-out home crowd got behind Haskins as he beat the Japanese champion after just six rounds at the Action Indoor Sports Arena in Whitchurch.

Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa will go home disappointed after suffering only his second professional defeat. But Haskins - who has won every other major title - was confident he could add the IBF belt to his collection.

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Funeral for Bristol boxing promoter Michael Graydon takes place this afternoon

Michael Graydon, pictured with his son Reuben Credit: Family

The funeral will take place today of Michael Graydon, the Bristol boxing promoter who went missing in Monaco.

The service will be held at St Mary Redcliffe Church at half past two this afternoon.

Mr Graydon, who was 29 and a father of one, had travelled to Monaco in February to watch a boxing match. His body was found in a deep hole two weeks later.

"I couldn't have left Monaco without Michael"

Michael Graydon's body has been brought back to Bristol, and his family say they can be at peace, knowing that Michael is home.

The Bristol boxing promoter fell to his death in Monaco, and his body was found two weeks later.

His family say they've been overwhelmed by the support they've received.

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Michael Graydon's family speak exclusively to ITV after his body returns home

The family of a Bristol boxing promoter who fell to his death in Monaco say they've found comfort now his body is back home.

Michael Graydon's body was found down a ten foot hole two weeks after he the 29-year-old was reported missing. He died from head injuries. His family say they're now on their way to finding closure.

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