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Boxer Admits Slowing Down To Protect Opponent

Posted: Mar 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Chris Eubank Jnr., the British Middleweight boxing champion, has said he slowed down in the 10th round of his match against Nick Blackwell on Saturday because he knew his opponent was suffering.

Eubank told newsmen he was “glad the doctor stopped the fight because the referee wasn’t going to.”

He claims he has not thought about quitting since Saturday’s fight, telling a press conference alongside his father: “I will continue my career. I have the British belt and now I want to go for a world title.”

During the bout at Wembley Arena, Blackwell collapsed in the ring before being carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma.

Eubank has said he was unhappy to hear about his opponents injuries.

Eubank Snr. said he feared for Blackwell and told his son to attack his body in order to protect the fighter.

“Even in sparring, I tell Junior to stay away from the head because his punching is fast, powerful and dangerous.

“So most certainly I was saying this to protect the fighter,” he said.