Former boxers Michael Watson and Nick Blackwell, who both survived life-threatening injuries in the ring, were spotted walking side-by-side in a heartwarming reunion that warmed the hearts of boxing fans.
Surviving Horrific Injuries
Michael Watson, now 50, suffered a horrific brain injury during his 1991 rematch with Chris Eubank Sr and fell into a coma for 40 days. Nick Blackwell, 32, was also placed in a medically-induced coma following his 2016 clash with Chris Eubank Jr and slipped into a second coma a few months later.
A Walk in the Sun
Despite their life-threatening ordeals, both boxers have made incredible recoveries and recently enjoyed a stroll together in the summer sun.
Watson recalled the fateful night in 1991 when he suffered a blood clot on his brain after a brutal 12th-round knockout loss to Chris Eubank Sr. He remained in the ring without medical attention for 28 minutes before slipping into a coma.
Blackwell, on the other hand, suffered a beatdown in his 2016 British middleweight title fight with Chris Eubank Jr that led to his medically-induced coma. Despite recovering and announcing his retirement, he found himself in a second coma the following November after falling ill.
A Message of Triumph
Blackwell took to Twitter to share a video of himself and Watson walking down the street. In his caption, he wrote, "They said we would NEVER walk again. We had our skulls removed. Small chance of survival. Me and Michael Watson defied all odds…now we're walking side by side."
Fans Inspired by the Video
After seeing the heartwarming footage, fans were quick to comment on the remarkable progress of both fighters. One commented, "Awesomeness," while another remarked, "Just truly epic, I know how hard it is to get to this point!" The video was described as an inspiration and a testament to their strength and resilience.
Watson, who has openly discussed the life-changing incident, bears no ill-will towards Chris Eubank Sr. Instead, he believes that the incident brought attention to the need for improved safety measures in boxing. Watson noted the positive changes that have since been made in the sport, with better medical equipment and emergency responders present at ringside.