Trainer loses license after sparring left Blackwell in coma

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Trainer Liam Wilkins has had his license revoked by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) after a sparring session left ex-boxer Nick Blackwell fighting for his life in hospital.

Wilkins oversaw a sparring session between Blackwell and Hasan Karkardi in November.

Blackwell retired from boxing last April after waking from an induced coma having suffered "a bleed on the brain" following a fight against Chris Eubank Jr.

Blackwell suffered complications after sparring and regained consciousness from a second coma in December.

A BBBofC statement said Wilkins' conduct was "detrimental to the interests of boxing" and that "it is not in the interests or welfare of boxing for him to hold a trainers licence."

Karkardi's actions were deemed "not in the interests of boxing" and he has consequently received a six-month suspension.