Nick Blackwell has labelled Chris Eubank Sr ‘inhuman and disgusting’ for comments made while he was in a coma following his bout with the former boxer’s son.
In an interview with The Sun, Blackwell reportedly revealed that if he could deliver ‘one more knockout shot’ it would be to Chris Eubank – although he has now said he doesn’t remember saying the line.
Blackwell was placed into a medically-induced coma after suffering a bleed on the brain and being ‘technically dead’ following his middleweight bout with Eubank Jr, reports The Independent.
While Blackwell was in the coma – to allow the swelling on his brain to reduce – Eubank and Eubank Jr held a press conference to pass on their best wishes to his family.
The press conference was held three days after the bout, and while Blackwell admitted he has nothing against Eubank Jr for hurting him, he was not impressed with what was said in the wake of the fight.
Speaking to The Sun, Blackwell said:
I haven’t any hard feelings about the fight because you’re in there to win and try and hurt someone, it’s just the stuff he has done after. It’s inhuman, it’s disgusting.
They want attention, no matter what. My family and friends were begging them not to talk, but they ignored it.
In response to Blackwell speaking out, Eubank told Good Morning Britain:
Public/media pressure was so huge we felt we had to hold the press conference.
It was done with the full knowledge of the Boxing Board of Control. Nick is a wonderful man and gentleman and warrior.
In spite of his ordeal, Blackwell insists boxing is a safe sport:
Boxing is a safe sport and if you look at what happened to me, it shows how much boxing’s come on.
I’m back to 100 per cent now, I’m back to myself. There’s a lot more dangerous sports out there, rugby, F1.
The fighter also took the opportunity to praise the doctors who saved his life:
When I woke up it put everything in perspective of how lucky I was.
The doctor, I want to say thank you because he saved my life. He got me into the ambulance, induced me into a coma [within] 13 and a half minutes of being in the ring and I passed out into the ambulance.
In the end, he did concede he would sit down with the Eubanks to discuss their differences – but let’s just be thankful that Nick has made a quick recovery from what must have been an incredibly terrifying ordeal for both him and his family and friends.