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Boxer Blackwell on the mend in hospital

Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell looks to be recovering well after waking from his induced coma.

He received a visit from one of his sponsors, who tweeted this picture of Blackwell giving the thumbs up from his hospital bed.

The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital last month after the British middleweight title contest with Chris Eubank Jr was stopped in round 10.

Boxer Blackwell wins 'toughest fight' and wakes from coma

Boxer Nick Blackwell has been woken from his induced coma and is talking to family and friends, his management says.

Nick had been placed in the induced coma following a British middleweight title contest last weekend.

After examination doctors discovered, contrary to early reports, his bleed was on his skull, not his brain and was small enough to not need an operation.

Nick Blackwell with brother Dan and close friend Jake Credit: Hennessy Sports

He was in an induced coma for almost seven days, at St Mary's Hospital in London, where his sedatives were gradually reduced over time.

Finally, at the weekend, Nick woke from the coma, acknowledged the voices of loved ones and, by Sunday, was starting to talk.

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.

– Hennessy Sports


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

Man dressed up as a bear racially abused & beaten up by gang

Man was dressed at the 'Brighthouse bear' pictured here on the right. Credit:

A man dressed up in a mascot bear costume has been beaten up and racially abused by a gang of teenagers in a shopping centre in Trowbridge.

The man, who was dressed as 'Billy the BrightHouse bear' pictured above, was doing promotional work in The Shires Shopping Centre when he was suddenly attacked by a group of of teenage boys.

The group of six or seven offenders punched the man before subjecting him to racial abuse.

Despite the victim being mixed-race, police are puzzled as to how the attackers knew of the man's heritage when he was dressed in the full bear attire.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident which happened on February 5.

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