Boxer Nick Blackwell has woken from his coma

British boxer Nick Blackwell has woken from the coma induced after his bout with Chris Eubank Jr.

The boxer was brought out of the coma and is able to communicate with family and friends at the hospital.

It was nine days ago, after a fight with Eubank Jr, that Blackwell was put into an induced coma as a result of bleeding on the brain.

There had been calls for a ban on boxing in the light of another serious injury.

Blackwell’s promoters, Hennessy Sports, issued a statement confirming his improved condition:

“At the weekend, Nick woke from this induced coma, acknowledged the voices of loved ones and, by Sunday, was starting to talk.

“It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet.

“On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed. “

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