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David Haye donates £100,000 to retired boxer Blackwell

David Haye has donated almost £100,000 to Nick Blackwell to help the former British middleweight champion prepare for retirement.

Blackwell, 25, was placed into an induced coma after suffering a bleed on the skull in March’s fight with Chris Eubank Jnr.

Nick Blackwell has made a full recovery but will never fight again after his career was ended in March. Credit: PA

Haye pledged to donate 10 per cent of ticket sales from his May fight with Arnold Gjergjaj.

"It's amazing, he's been so good to me," Blackwell said. "I didn't know him before at all, but he's texting me every other day, seeing how I am.”


Boxer Billy Joe Saunders 'relieved' for friend Nick Blackwell

Boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders described the "relief" and "happiness" at the news his friend Nick Blackwell had awoken from his coma.

Speaking on Monday, Saunders said he is looking forward to shaking middleweight boxer Blackwell's hand and having a coffee with him.

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