ON March 15, Michael Watson MBE turned 50.
When he suffered a serious brain injury after losing to Chris Eubank back in their 1991 rematch, few expected him to make it this far. But Watson, again showing the incredible bravery that marked his in-ring career, redefined the notion of a fighter and has since, among other things, completed the London Marathon. On April 23, selfless Watson will host a fundraiser to celebrate his half-century and generate funds for the Teenage Cancer trust. Rather than bemoan his ill fortune, Watson believes his terrible injury – which led to six brain operations – was perhaps decreed by a higher power so he could aid others.
“I thank God for saving my life and providing the people to be around me,” Watson says. His speech is laboured but mostly lucid, his passion undimmed. “I thank God for my happiness in life. Everything happens in my life for a purpose. Since my accident I’ve raised money for the Brain and Spine Foundation and accomplished a marathon. I’ve generated a lot of machines for operations in the NHS.