Former boxer tells son to stop hitting his opponent in the head
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 30, 2016 03:17 PM
(Screenshot from the video on streamable.com)
Rule number one in boxing to protect yourself at all times but maybe we can add a new rule, we'll call it rule number 1.5.
And that is try to protect your opponent as well because in the end, boxing is a sport, it is a job and a way to make a living.
During the fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Nick Blackwell, Chris Eubank Sr. stepped inside the ring after the 10th round to give advice to his son.
He wanted his boy to stop hitting his opponent in the head.
"If the referee doesn’t stop it, then I don’t know what to tell you, but I will tell you this: One, if he doesn’t stop it and we keep on beating him like this he is getting hurt. Two, if it goes to a decision, why didn’t the referee stop the fight? I don’t get why. So, maybe you shouldn’t leave it to the referee. So, you’re not going to take him out to the face -- you’re going to take him out to the body. Okay?" the elder Eubank said.
Eubank Sr. had previous experience regarding the risk of the sport of boxing being a former fighter himself. In 1991, his opponent Michael Watson was in a coma for 40 days before fortunately escaping death after six surgeries to remove blood clots in his brain.
Watson, who lost to Eubank Sr., suffered permanent brain damage.
After his fight with Eubank Jr., Blackwell was admitted to the hospital and now is in induced coma. No update of his health has been released yet.
Watch Eubank Sr's advice on his son below.