THIS is the moment boxing legend Chris Eubank Snr urged his son not to punch Nick Blackwell’s head during a fight that led to the British boxer being put in an induced coma.
Eubank Snr questioned why the referee had not stopped the fight after his son Chris Eubank Jnr dominated the first eight rounds.
The former two-time middleweight world champion warned that Blackwell would end up seriously hurt if his son continued to give him blows to the head.
Blackwell suffered a bleed to the brain and was placed in an induced coma in intensive care after the bout at British title fight was stopped in the 10th round.
Eubanks Snr told his son: “The next time you throw a flurry like that, if the referee doesn’t stop it then I don’t know what to tell you.
“I will tell you this, if he doesn’t stop it and we keep on beating him like this he’s getting hurt.
“Why hasn’t the referee stopped the fight? I don’t get why.”
The boxing champion added: “Maybe you shouldn’t leave it to the referee. But you're not going to take him out to the face, you're going to take him out to the body.”
Eubank Snr had also repeatedly banged on the canvas to attract the referee’s attention and said he felt the fight should have been stopped much earlier.
The bout was stopped after the ringside doctor said Blackwell, 25, could not continue due to the swelling over his left eye.
The incident comes 25 years after Eubank Snr left fellow boxer Michael Watson with near-fatal brain injuries.
Watson was put in a coma after a massive blood clot formed on his brain minutes after his world title fight with Eubank Snr.
Watson had to have six operations to remove the blood clot.
Eubank Jnr said after the fight: “I hit him with some big shots; maybe the referee should have stopped the fight earlier.”
The new British middleweight champion later tweeted: "Unfortunately Nick is now in an induced coma... my thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends.
"He's a true fighter & I whole heartedly believe he will pull through. Appreciate everyone that came out to support the fight."
Blackwell is now said to be in a stable condition.