Opinion | Apr 18 2016

Investigating Chris Eubank Jnr-Nick Blackwell

With Nick Blackwell on the road to recovery, esteemed official Mickey Vann explains why the referee should not be blamed
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NOW that Nick Blackwell has woken from his induced coma, we can look at the fight with Chris Eubank Jnr that caused the injuries in the first place, and the controversies triggered by the horrible ending.

To start with, to all the Ban Boxing Brigades that crawl out of the woodwork at times like this, all I can say is that all sports have a risk element. We don’t expect it to happen to us, but as fighters we are aware that it can, and we enter the sport with our eyes wide open; like all fighters I felt it worth the risk for the rewards both financially and the standing in the community. Recently, two professional cyclists died in races on the continent, and not too long ago a professional rugby league player died whilst playing for Keighley, and rarely a year passes when there are at least two deaths at the Isle of Man TT races. All we can do, in the same way as these sports, is to learn from these tragedies.

What I can’t understand is all the furore surrounding the referee – Victor Loughlin – and the misinterpretation of Chris Eubank Snr and his coaching instructions.

 

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