BBBofC cruiserweight champion Matty Askin (17-2, 10 KO) successfully defended his title on Saturday in Blackpool with a brutal ninth-round TKO of challenger Menay Edwards (12-3).
It appeared as though Edwards may have been seriously injured after the fight. He was taken from the ring on a stretcher, per Dave Parton who was covering the fight for Boxing News.
Concerning scenes here in Blackpool as Menay Edwards is taken to hospital on a stretcher after being stopped in the 9th by Matty Askin— Dave Parton (@DavePart0n) March 30, 2014
One can only hope Edwards will be fine, and the events at the end of the fight were precautionary measures.
Former world champion and promoter Ricky Hatton echoed those sentiments:
Sensational fight tonight between @mattyaskin & menay Edwards. 5th rd ko for askins.sadly Edwards rushed to hospital after.hopefully just a— Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) March 30, 2014
Some fans who were ringside reported that Edwards lost consciousness at some point. Nearly an hour after the fight concluded, Hatton tweeted this welcomed news about Edwards' condition:
Just had word from the hospital that menay Edwards has come round and is now talking. Brilliant news.— Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) March 30, 2014
The nine-round affair was by all accounts a thrilling contest. These types of scraps are always a bit grueling for both fighters.
Askin celebrated his victory after the bout. He is seen in this Twitter image from Blackpool Boxing's Twitter account with ice on his right hand. You can also see swelling in the champion's face.
He did, however, wish Edwards a speedy recovery via Twitter after the bout.
Thanks for all the support tonight. Kept the title IN Blackpool. Wishing Menay Edwards a speedy recovery #Andstill Ko— Matty Askin (@mattyaskin) March 30, 2014
The win was the third in a row for Askin and his first defense of the title since winning it from China Clarke in April 2013. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the best cruiserweights in England.
Edwards' loss was just the third of his career. It snapped a four-fight win streak and marked the first time the fighter was stopped aside from a third-round TKO during the Prizefighter tournament in 2011.
If Edwards can make a recovery and return to the sport, he will still have to rebuild his resume to earn another shot at a reputable fighter.
That's all secondary at this point, though. The primary concern is for Edwards' health and recovery. Boxing is a brutal sport, and this type of event is unfortunately part of the game.
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