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Nick Blackwell 'in stable condition' after being hospitalised

Former boxer Nick Blackwell is back in hospital following a sparring session, seven months after calling time on his career after being placed in an induced coma.

Nick Blackwell is said to be in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery to reduce swelling on his brain.

The 26-year-old announced his retirement from boxing in April after being placed in an induced coma following a bout with Chris Eubank Jr.

Blackwell, who does not have a licence to fight, was hospitalised again on Saturday following a sparring session, but BBC Sport reports that the Welshman is thought to be on the mend.

Upon hearing the news, Eubank Jr tweeted: "Nick Blackwell is back in hospital, after he tried to start sparring again. He's a tough, tough kid, I know he'll get himself through it again.

"I honestly hope everything is OK and the procedure he's had is not a serious one."

The British Boxing Board of Control will begin an investigation on Monday to find out why Blackwell was back in the ring.


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