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Blackwell reveals he 'flatlined' before doctors saved his life

Blackwell during the fight Credit: PA

Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell has revealed that his heart stopped before he was put into an induced coma which ultimately saved his life.

Blackwell flatlined in an ambulance after the British Middleweight bout in March which left him fighting for his life.

The fight was stopped in the 10th round, and the boxer taken to an ambulance where he collapsed and "died".

Blackwell, who can remember nothing of the fight or his subsequent injury, was saved when a doctor injected adrenaline into his heart, and placed him into a coma.

The boxer says he was only told of the horrors after waking up.

I passed out, into the ambulance, and I flatlined, so I died for a little while.

– Nick Blackwell
Boxer Nick Blackwell has announced his retirement from boxing in April Credit: Nick Potts/PA

The 25 year-old was also critical of his opponent, Chris Eubank Junior, for holding a press conference in the immediate aftermath - despite pleas from Blackwell's family not to.

Lee Haskins retains IBF bantamweight title

Bristol's Lee Haskins beat Mexican Ivan Morales to retain the title Credit: PA

Lee Haskins has retained his IBF world bantamweight title with a unanimous points win over Ivan Morales in Cardiff.

The 32 year old from Bristol had almost complete control from the start and his superiority was reflected on the cards of the three judges, who scored it 119-108, 118-110,118-110 in Haskins' favour.

Haskins was making his first title defence after being crowned champion in a rather unsatisfactory fashion last November. Randy Caballero was stripped of the belt after coming in over five pounds above the 118lbs bantamweight limit. Haskins has had to wait since then to prove himself in the ring.

Haskins said: "It's absolutely amazing. I'm flying at the moment."

He now wants an all-British title fight with former IBF champion Stuart Hall, who lost to Haskins in 2012.

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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.

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.

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