Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17KOs) claimed the British middleweight title with a tenth round stoppage against Nick Blackwell (19-4-1, 8KOs) at the SSE Arena in London.
Referee, Victor Loughlin, asked the doctor to check Blackwell in the tenth after he developed a large swelling above his left eye. The doctor felt Blackwell was unfit to continue and the referee waved the fight off.
The contest was filled with bad blood before gloves were laced and there was always an air of animosity whenever one fighter spoke about the other in pre-fight interviews. So, when the bell rang for the opening stanza these two warriors didn’t hold back.
Eubank Jr. had great success with combinations, his uppercut, in particular, was a key feature throughout the evening and Blackwell could perhaps have neutralised it somewhat had he adopted the cross guard early on.
In the fifth Eubank Jr. came out with the intention of ending the fight, however, Blackwell survived the onslaught of Eubank’s ruthless combinations and came back swinging despite having his nose bust wide open.
Blackwell worked well in the sixth but Eubank Jr. responded by opening the following two rounds with intense salvo’s in an attempt to stop Blackwell.
As the fight progressed Blackwell’s eye became swollen and in the tenth it was severe enough for the referee to call upon the doctor for an opinion. Blackwell was deemed unfit to continue and the fight was stopped.
After the bout, Blackwell received medical treatment before being stretchered out of the arena and taken to the hospital. Whilst his condition is currently unknown, we wish him a full and speedy recovery.