Nick Blackwell Update: Amidst The Anguish, An Encouraging Sign

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On Monday, roughly 40 hours after Nick Blackwell left the ring on a stretcher, the boxer remained in a medically induced coma but his prognosis was encouraging. When a cat scan revealed that there was no increased pressure on his brain, surgeons decided not to operate. However, Blackwell will likely remain in intensive care for a considerable period of time.

Blackwell’s bout with Chris Eubank Jr. was stopped in the 10th round on the advice of the ringside physician because of severe swelling over Blackwell’s left eye. Blackwell, who was making the third defense of his British middleweight title, absorbed heavy punishment during the fight while rarely taking a backward step.

Channel 5, which aired the fight live in the U.K., took steps to block the telecast and the replay from showing up on social media, but a clip surfaced on Facebook. The clip shows cornerman Chris Eubank Sr. giving instructions to his son before the start of the ninth round. The elder Eubank is heard saying: “If the referee doesn’t stop it, then I don’t know what to tell you, but I will tell you this: If he doesn’t stop it and we keep beating on (Blackwell) like this, he is getting hurt….So maybe you shouldn’t leave it the referee. So you’re not going to take him out to the face – you’re going to take him out to the body.”

The elder Eubank, who was involved in a similar incident in 1991, leaving Michael Watson clinging to his life, is being hailed as a hero for his compassion. If he hadn’t dissuaded his son from throwing more head shots, the match may have proved fatal for Nick Blackwell. Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, defended referee Victor Loughlin, saying that Loughlin conducted the contest properly. (In one of his more recent assignments, Loughlin stopped the match between Anthony Joshua and Gary Cornish after only 90 seconds. Akin to Loughlin, the previously unbeaten Cornish was a Scotsman.)

Nick Blackwell, who turned pro at the age of 18 with virtually no amateur experience, has a 23-year-old brother who is also a boxer. Daniel Blackwell is 7-54 but has suffered only one loss inside the distance.

The Boxing Channel family sends wishes for a strong and fast recovery to Nick Blackwell.

 

 

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-Kid Blast :

A small brain bleed is like being 10% pregnant. Nick, unfortunately, will never box again. This is a good link:
->http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/28/nick-blackwell-chris-eubank-jr-boxing-fight-stopped-three-rounds-earlier-hamlyn I maintain a close relationship with some of the leading boxing doctors in the world and we all agreed that this one should have been stopped earlier. When a fighter's head snaps back, that is a big time warning that a stoppage should be near.Despite taking a high volume of powerful shots, Blackwell just kept coming and coming and simply was too tough for his own good but then, that’s what boxing can be all about. Nick’s head dangerously snapped back often after Eubank‘s jarring upper cuts landed, and when that happens, a referee needs to pay extra attention. it brings up an important issue: If a boxer is getting thoroughly beat, particularly with head shots, even though he might be fighting back, the fight should be stopped if it is clear that his efforts are unlikely to be successful. It is important to remember that there is a delay before brain swelling/ bleeding incapacitated and the boxer may still be fighting back at the beginning of process. In short, futility dictates stopping the fight in such situations and perhaps can occasionally save a life or avoid serious brain damage.


-Domenic :

My prayers are with Nick Blackwell and his family and friends. Brave, brave dude. These are the pitfalls. Remember Chavez-Johnson years ago, and Chavez lacked the requisite pop to conclude matters, and thus Leavander took a beating that led to his demise. I'm no doctor. I'm a huge Margaret Goodman fan. You can see signs of distress -Monday morning quarterbacking- but McClellan showed that with his mouthpiece being ajar (he did a bit of that against Julian Jackson in their first fight, a war), but something was amiss physically. Mago, after round 1 against Perez, eschewed his instructions and fixated on his face on the monitor. Something was wrong. But who the hell knows. Look at the NFL these days with concussions, etc. Really tricky issue.


-Kid Blast :

I'm a huge Margaret Goodman fan as well and stay in constant touch. Also John Stiller in the Baltimore area.


-miguel1 :

Unfortunately those he will be out of the coma in 24 hours reports appear to be premature. At least there doesnt seem to be any word out there.


-stormcentre :

An area that can definitely be improved in boxing is certainly how referees observe, respond to, and treat dangerous/debilitating conditions. I know it's not easy in the flow of action and whilst referees - either directly or indirectly - rely on promoters to get work. I can't count the amount of punches in the neck, behind the head, and so forth that get a green light; in this sport. In fact - can't remember the fight right now - but within the last month or so there was a (possibly) major fight on; where in the closing sections of the fight . . . the guy that was about to be stopped and/or beaten . . . received punches in the neck as he went down and/or was stopped. I see that quite regularly. It should stop and be treated for what it is; even if the guy is losing. At the end of the day you shouldn't be able to win a fight with a foul. Perhaps the ringside Doctor (not a veterinarian) - whom is better trained at recognizing extreme head rotations and other signs of serious anatomical movement and danger - could have some kind of electronic buzzer device that - when pressed by him at ringside - gently vibrates on the referees arm/wrist without necessarily interfering with the referee. In this way the ringside Doctor could instantly contact the referee without others knowing it, and then the referee could take the appropriate action knowing that a trained specialist saw something that was dangerous. Who knows? With a device and the appropriate associated policy changes, the referee may even stop the action to see if something potentially fatal has happened. He may even save a life. But then come to think of it . . . . Such an electronic device would probably;


A) Cost within the vicinity of $10000 to develop and test.
B) Then retail for around $100.
C) Be used to interrupt the flow/action of a fight.

Nah . . . it's not worth it.
Storm. :) :) :)


-Skibbz :

News is that Nick will be out of the coma next week. Prayers and wishes to his family.


-stormcentre :

News is that Nick will be out of the coma next week. Prayers and wishes to his family.
Check your PM please Skibbz. :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Good news
->http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/35962221


-stormcentre :

An area that can definitely be improved in boxing is certainly how referees observe, respond to, and treat dangerous/debilitating conditions. I know it's not easy in the flow of action and whilst referees - either directly or indirectly - rely on promoters to get work. I can't count the amount of punches in the neck, behind the head, and so forth that get a green light; in this sport. In fact - can't remember the fight right now - but within the last month or so there was a (possibly) major fight on; where in the closing sections of the fight . . . the guy that was about to be stopped and/or beaten . . . received punches in the neck as he went down and/or was stopped. I see that quite regularly. It should stop and be treated for what it is; even if the guy is losing. At the end of the day you shouldn't be able to win a fight with a foul. Perhaps the ringside Doctor (not a veterinarian) - whom is better trained at recognizing extreme head rotations and other signs of serious anatomical movement and danger - could have some kind of electronic buzzer device that - when pressed by him at ringside - gently vibrates on the referees arm/wrist without necessarily interfering with the referee. In this way the ringside Doctor could instantly contact the referee without others knowing it, and then the referee could take the appropriate action knowing that a trained specialist saw something that was dangerous. Who knows? With a device and the appropriate associated policy changes, the referee may even stop the action to see if something potentially fatal has happened. He may even save a life. But then come to think of it . . . . Such an electronic device would probably;


A) Cost within the vicinity of $10000 to develop and test.
B) Then retail for around $100.
C) Be used to interrupt the flow/action of a fight.

Nah . . . it's not worth it.
Storm. :) :)
Who says
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