FRENCH super-heavyweight Jonathan Nacto collapsed after his contest in the World Series of Boxing team match against the British Lionhearts at York Hall on Saturday (May 20). Medical staff attended to him in the ring and an ambulance, which was on stand by as the regulations stipulate, rushed him to hospital.

Nacto actually won his bout against New Zealand’s Patrick Maila, who was boxing on the British Lionhearts franchise, nor did it seem a particularly gruelling contest. Nacto is 26 years old and has fought once before in the WSB. He entered this format after a brief professional career that saw him go six fights unbeaten.

A joint statement by GB Boxing and the British Lionhearts said: “Our thoughts, best wishes and hopes for recovery go to Jonathan, his family and friends and all of the French team.  We are also offering support to all of the British Lionhearts team, coaches and staff that were involved in the match and may have been affected by these events.”