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Chris Eubank told his son to stop hitting Nick Blackwell in the face to try and prevent a serious injury.

Eubank Jnr claimed the British middleweight title after the doctor ordered the fight to be stopped in the 10th round, owing to swelling above Blackwell's left eye.

He was then taken away from the ring on stretcher while receiving oxygen.

Blackwell has since been placed in an induced coma and suffered a bleed on his brain.

But Eubank Jnr's former world champion father appeared quick to notice that Blackwell was suffering in the earlier stages of the fight.

The 49-year-old hopped into the ring after the fourth round to tell his son to ease off the onslaught.

He said: "If he doesn't stop it and we keep beating him like this, one, he is getting hurt, and 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.

"You're not going to take him out to the face, you're going to take him out to the body."

Blackwell was taken to hospital after the bruising loss in London on Saturday night.

British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith said on Sunday: "I spoke to one of the doctors this morning and he said there is a bleeding of the brain.

"He's in intensive care, he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being looked after by the experts.

"It's a very normal procedure. They put you in a coma to get the swelling to go down. There's no timescale. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing."

Blackwell absorbed heavy punishment during the fight, receiving a bloody nose in round three thanks to a series of uppercuts and jabs from Eubank Jr.

"I hit him with some big shots, maybe the referee should have stopped the fight earlier," said challenger Eubank Jr.

The Brighton fighter continued to dominate as Blackwell refused to back down, with the referee eventually stepping in during the tenth, when he called the doctor over which led to the fight being stopped.

Following the fight, Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Board of Control, told the Telegraph that Blackwell “had immediately received a scan in hospital, where it was discovered that he had suffered a small bleed, and medical experts were taking full care of him and would make a decision on whether to operate”.

"This is what boxing needs, two warriors who stand and fight," said Eubank Jr on Channel Five.

"I have respect for anyone who steps in the ring. It's sad that he had to leave on a stretcher. All I wanted was his belt and I've done that. I've achieved my dream of becoming a British champion."

Following the fight, Eubank Jr posted a message to Blackwell on Twitter, praising his opponent and wishing him a quick recovery.

"You put up a great fight tonight. Proved yourself a true warrior, wish you a quick recovery & a speedy return 2 the ring," he wrote.

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