British boxer Nick Blackwell has been put into a medically induced coma after he was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain after his fight on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old was stopped by the referee in Round 10 of his Middleweight title bout with Chris Eubank Jnr, and immediately seeked medical attention.
Blackwell left the ring on a stretcher and was rushed to hospital and immediately put into the coma to help his recovery.
With many experts and pundits claiming that Referee Victor Loughlin should have stopped the fight sooner, the British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) have announced that they are satisfied with the handling of the situation.
Blackwell was defending his Middleweight title at Wembley Arena, but Loughlin decided to stop the fight in the 10th round after consultation with the ringside doctor.
Eubank’s father, former world champion Chris Eubank Snr., was also ringside and even entered the ring himself after the eighth round to tell his son to stop aiming for Blackwell’s head.
“If the referee doesn’t stop it, then I don’t know what to tell you, but I will tell you this: one, if he doesn’t stop it and we keep on beating him like this, he is getting hurt; two, if it goes to a decision, why didn’t the referee stop the fight? I don’t get why.
“So maybe you shouldn’t leave it to the referee. So you’re not going to take him out to the face – you’re going to take him out to the body.”
Many believe that this intervention and advice undoubtedly saved Blackwell’s life as in the ninth and tenth round, Eubank Jnr aimed only for the body.
Blackwell is expected to be in hospital for a long time but could be woken from his induced coma on Tuesday.