'He just said attack the body' - Kellie Maloney dismisses claims Chris Eubank Snr was trying to protect Nick Blackwell

'He just said attack the body' - Kellie Maloney dismisses claims Chris Eubank Snr was trying to protect Nick Blackwell

Chris Eubank Jnr with his father, Chris Eubank Snr

Monday, March 28, 2016

Kellie Maloney has dismissed claims Chris Eubank Snr was acting out of compassion by instructing his son, Chris Eubank Jnr, not to hit opponent Nick Blackwell in the head during their British title clash on Saturday.

The fight was eventually stopped in the tenth round when the ringside doctor decided Blackwell was unable to see out of his left eye but, following that stoppage, the 25-year-old Trowbridge fighter collapsed and was taken to hospital, where he has been placed in an induced coma.

Eubank Snr has been widely praised for telling his son to switch the point of attack from Blackwell’s head to the body at the end of round eight, with the defending champion taking a barrage of blows.

But promoter Maloney, formerly known as Frank, claims Eubank Snr was not looking out for Blackwell, but instead thought that was the best way to force victory.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, she said: “He was telling his son to the hit the body because he knew there was no point punching to the head. He wasn’t going to stop Nick Blackwell, because of Blackwell’s previous record.

“You never heard him say, ‘hit him to the body because he’s taking too much punishment’. He just said attack the body.

“And that’s because Blackwell has got the reputation [of being durable]. Chris didn’t see anything the referee didn’t see. He was just telling his son to change his form of attack.”

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