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LONDON - Nick Blackwell says the outpouring of love from the boxing community made him 'emotional' while on the road to recovery and that he'd like to personally thank all who have raised money for him in recent weeks.
The inspirational 25-year-old is back home with loved ones and well on the way to a full recovery.
“I don't ever cry or get emotional,” said Blackwell, “but reading through all the messages people have been sending me has been really touching. I've had tons of people calling me a 'warrior' and a 'hero' and saying how brave I am. It really did take me by surprise.
“Then, of course, you have all the people who have raised money for me. It's incredible. It shows the power of the boxing community, the boxing family, and I've been humbled by everyone's generosity.
“Many boxers are forced to retire and have only their last purse to their name. But, thanks to some incredible human beings, I stand to have a little bit more, and that means I can go on and do something with my life.
“Ideally, at some stage, I'd like to personally thank every single one of the people who have donated money. I truly mean that. I want to make that happen.”
Belper's Ryan Fields goes for further title glory this weekend as he opposes Johnny Garton at London’s York hall with the vacant English welterweight belt up for grabs. Fields’ story is fast becoming a compelling one following a tough start to his professional career when setbacks against solid opposition could easily have dented his confidence and ripped all ambition from him. Instead, the entertaining Fields has built up a solid number of wins which have seen him take regional honours and his manager, Dave Coldwell fully believes that his charge can add to his collection this weekend.
“Ryan is living proof that being matched tough to begin with can still provide plenty of success throughout your career. He's treated each setback like a lesson learnt and that why he's on the run that he is now because it's made him such a better fighter and it's something other fighters can learn from him. This fight coming up is a huge opportunity to really get himself amongst the rankings domestically and having the English belt will also make sure that the tests keep coming as there'll be plenty of fighters wanting to take it from him. "
Coldwell added, "This Saturday is a good test for him against yet another opponent who'll be desperate to win but Ryan has shown time and time before that he loves a challenge and I'm confident he'll pass this test with flying colours. There's plenty of fights out there for him to step into if he can get the job done this week but for now the focus is just getting his hands on the English title."
Jason Welborn has been enjoying world-class sparring as he prepares for his second fight inside a month.
The two-time British title challenger stopped Czech Michal Voskya last month and has recently been added to Black Country Boxing and Hatton Promotions’ co-promotion ‘Mayhem’ at Walsall Football Club next weekend.
As he steps up his camp, Welborn has been helping David Avanesyan prepare for his WBA Interim World Welterweight Title clash with ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley.
The big hitting Russian takes on Mosley, a three-weight world champion, in Arizona at the end of May and Welborn pitted his wits against the current Interim Champion during a lively 8 round spar.
“It was a great experience,” Welborn told ww.uko-boxing.com after sparring 8 rounds with Avaneysan. “He’s operating at a level I’m setting my sights at and is a very good, strong boxer. I was really impressed with him; he can really bang.
“That said, I thought I held my own and it’s given me confidence that I can mix it at this level now I’m back at welterweight.
“David doesn’t waste a shot and I had to be on it for the entire 8 rounds. It was a bit of a war and that’s good for us both. He’s going in with Shane Mosley who has done it all in the ring. It will be a great fight. His trainer, Carl Greaves, asked me to pop up and I’m grateful for the opportunity.
“I needed some ring time after stopping Voskya early, so it was a good workout for us both.”
The Rowley Regis fighter takes on William Warburton next weekend as he looks to secure big fights later in the year. He is joined by stable-mate and former British Lightweight Champion, Martin Gethin, on the May-Hem card.
Also on the card are Ricky Hatton trained duo (Wednesbury welterweight) Sam Evans and (Nantwich heavyweight) Nathan Gorman. They appear alongside unbeaten prospects Kieron McLaren (Stoke super lightweight) and Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden (Newark super middleweight).
Tickets are £30 for standard unreserved seats and £60 for VIP tickets which includes table service and a two-course meal. Call the Walsall FC Ticket Office on 01922 651 414 to book.
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