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Nick Blackwell rushed to hospital after sparring incident just months after suffering bleed on the brain

Nick Blackwell was taken to hospital this week after suffering an injury during sparring.

The former British middleweight champion was forced to retire just seven months ago after suffering a bleed on the brain.

Blackwell had endured a punishing night against Chris Eubank Jnr and spent a week in a medically-induced coma.

But he has risked his health by stepping back into the ring.

The British Boxing Board’s general secretary Robert Smith told The Sun : “I understand he was sparring, fell ill, was taken to hospital and then underwent a procedure.

“I don’t know exactly what the procedure was, other than the fact they tried to relieve pressure on the brain and he’s now in a stable condition. That’s all I know.”

Nick Blackwell vs Chris Eubank Jr

Blackwell collapsed after his defeat by Chris Eubank Jnr in March

Blackwell was issued with his trainer’s licence last month.

But Smith added: “I’m sickened by it. It’s a very tough sport and the doctors here did a wonderful job to save his life. The doctors at hospital saved his life and kept him going.

“He made remarkable recovery and for somebody to go and do what he’s done, for what I thought was a very sensible young man, is just beyond belief.”

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