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Nick Blackwell

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by channy, Jan 11, 2017.



  1. channy

    channy Active Member Full Member

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    According to the news this morning, he is still unable to walk and is at least a year away from making a recovery.

    Apparently there is a hearing today with his sparring partner and trainer, over who and why the spar was authorised.

    Personally i think blackwell was very selfish by participating in the spar, especially at the time of poor Mike Towell.

    He was given a second chance in life and abused it.
     
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  2. bladesman

    bladesman Member Full Member

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    He's made a stupid mistake and paid a heavy price for it.

    I hold no ill will or negativity to him. I feel sad that he's throw the second chance he had after the first injury away so easily though and hope he recovers well.
     
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  3. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Yeah I have no sympathy for him. I feel for him because he has been robbed of his passion in life but he willingly gave his health away after being given the second chance that Mike Towell never had.

    He's also put his family through the same ordeal again.
     
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  4. Twentyman

    Twentyman Member Full Member

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    It won't just be his ability to walk that's been affected. Eventually he'll be able to do that again, thankfully. It's his cognitive functions that will be permanently damaged. He'll need a support worker and an occupational therapist without a doubt.

    Tragic. Poor lad.
     
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  5. N17

    N17 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I hope the trainer loses his licence, what kind of moron would have allowed that spar?

    As for the sparring partner, if that was me and I knew the history I wouldn't haven't sparred Blackwell, no way.
     
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    The British Boxing Board has given their verdict and coach Lee Wilkins loses license
    permanently and boxer Hasan Karkadi suspended for 6 months . They got off lightly ,
    they are modern day Panama Lewis and Luis Resto. I know Nick was a willing
    participate but they are both sadists and deserved to go to jail.
     
  7. power play

    power play Member Full Member

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    lencoreastside Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Good post. Maybe a more equal punishment for both might have been fairer though....the boxer got off too lightly IMO.
     
  9. Grooveongreg

    Grooveongreg Active Member booted Full Member

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    Who knows what Nick said to them?

    He may of spun a yarn

    'Ive been cleared to spar now'
     
  10. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I agree we have no idea what actually happened. Wilkins is a very young trainer, would be harsh if he was permanently removed from the sport. Maybe a 5-10 year ban would be better. People can be easily swayed and if Blackwell had been begging to be allowed to spar or had indeed convinced them he was clear to be sparring then it would be harsh.

    We just don't know enough of the facts to judge this properly.
     
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  11. Dragon Punch

    Dragon Punch Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The trainer is only 21 years old making his way in the game - to him Nick Blackwells name/reputation would carry weight. If Nick pressured him/reassured him that he was okay/had clearance to spar it's easy to see IMO why he would have gone along with it
     
  12. Grooveongreg

    Grooveongreg Active Member booted Full Member

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    Also Nick was training with the pros in Locketts camp daily and still beating most the other guys . It's easy to make presumptions that he was okay

    It's not like he was wheeled out from hospital and battered he was 'fit' to the naked eye

    Life ban seems harsh but they must have wanted to make an example
     
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  13. One Round

    One Round Hertfordshire's Finest Full Member

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    Poor guy, I hadn't heard about this. I think the "no sympathy" thing is pushing it a bit far. He made a terrible mistake, but can anyone say they've never made an incredibly dumb or risky decision at some point in their lives?
     
  14. Camaris

    Camaris Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Yup I also feel a little sorry for that trainer. Bad call, no doubt, and incredibly stupid. But a livelihood taken away? I could only understand that if it was decided Blackwell was not in some way in control of his faculties in deciding to spar.
     
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  15. Grooveongreg

    Grooveongreg Active Member booted Full Member

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    Exactky Nick had full capacity

    But trainers should look out for fighters and their health as some have no regard for their own. An assumed duty of care