Nick Blackwell’s stablemates go the extra-mile to raise funds for injured warrior

Nick Blackwell’s stablemates go the extra-mile to raise funds for injured warrior

Nick Blackwell’s stablemates are going the extra mile for their injured friend.

The 25-year-old from Trowbridge suffered a bleed on the skull after a 10th round stoppage loss to Chris Eubank Jr on 26 March and is still in an induced coma.

Blackwell’s exciting seven-year career, that has included numerous memorable encounters, is now over and those who spent most days with him at the U-Fit Gym in Cardiff Bay want to help him.

The boxers have set themselves an excruciatingly physical challenge to give Blackwell a boost in the next stage of his life. For their supreme efforts, they hope to raise £5,000 worth of funds in 30 days by receiving donations from the general public.

All of the boxers trained and managed by Miskin’s Gary Lockett, ranging from super-flyweight to cruiserweight, will take it in turns to run from their gym in Wales to Blackwell’s hometown of Trowbridge in Wiltshire, England.

The 64-mile distance will be tackled by British and Commonwealth champion Liam Williams, former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli, Chris Jenkins, Dale Evans, Alex Hughes, Jay Harris, Zack Davies, Mano Lee and Keiron Harding.

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St Clears’ welterweight Evans said: “Obviously, it’s a very worrying and stressful time for Nick’s family, so by us all coming together and raising as much as we can, I know it would be massively appreciated by Nick and his family through this tough time.

“Whilst Nick is in his toughest fight yet, all money raised will go towards helping Nick and family in any possibly way. We want to give something back to Nick in return for everything he has given boxing; all the entertaining fights for the fans, where he gave it all he had.

“Any contribution, big or small, is greatly appreciated and you will be playing a part in helping someone who really deserves it.”

The run will take place in approximately three weeks but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. Anyone wishing to help in any way is encouraged to contact the boxers involved through social media. For example; physiotherapists, running coaches who train marathon entrants and nutritionists with endurance challenge experience could offer help in the support vehicle.

Yesterday, Clydach Vale’s super-welterweight Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams concluded a raffle that raised more than £2,600 for Blackwell. The 23-year-old drew a winner to receive the shorts and robe he wore when stopping Michael Lomax in a round to win his first career title, the Commonwealth strap in November 2014.

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