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Nick Blackwell collapsed in the ring after his fight with Chris Eubank Jr was stopped in the 10th round CREDIT: REX

Peter Hamlyn, a leading consultant neurosurgeon has urged the Boxing Board of Control to instruct its licensed referees to follow stricter procedures and stop fights sooner in the wake of Nick Blackwell being placed into an induced coma after suffering a small bleed on his brain following his British middleweight title fight with Chris Eubank Jnr.

Read more: Leading neurosurgeon urges boxing authorities to follow stricter medical guidelines in title fights

Nigel Paul

T&T boxer Nigel Paul received a silver medal after he was beaten in the Super heavyweight final of the AIBA Americas Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Argentina by Cuba’s Lenier Pero 3-0 yesterday.

Read more: Paul gets silver medal

RIO BOUND & STANDING PROUD: Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, left, and president of the TTOC Brian Lewis, right, greet boxer Nigel Paul soon after returning from the AIBA Americas Boxing Qualifiers in Argentina, where he booked a spot in the Olympic Games. Photo: ANTHONY HARRIS.

Considered just a child in the sport boxing, 27-year-old Nigel Paul returned home on Sunday to a rousing applause by all including Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, president of the T&TOC Brian Lewis, family members and other well wishers at the VIP Lounge of the Piarco International Airport, after sealing a place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil later this year.

Read more: Paul for World Series of Boxing League

A HeadsUp initiative was launched to promote safer styles during last year's World Championships ©AIBA

Male boxers competing at this year's Olympic Games will not wear headguards for the first time in 36 years after a proposal by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was approved here today.

Read more: IOC approve AIBA plan to scrap male headguards at Rio 2016 Olympics

Manny Pacquiao (centre), pictured with AIBA President CK Wu (right) has expressed interest in qualifying for Rio 2016 ©AIBA

As several leading boxing personalities have stated recently on insidethegames, to consider the likes of Manny Pacquiao being drawn in the Olympics against an up-and-coming youngster - should fully-fledged professionals be allowed in the Games - simply does not make sense.

Read more: Kevin Hickey: AIBA are forgetting traditional cultural differences between amateur and...

AIBA President CK Wu has defended his plans to open up the Olympic Games to all professional fighters ©AIBA

Plans to roll-out Olympic boxing to all professional fighters are in line with the sporting spirit of inclusivity, International Boxing Association (AIBA) President CK Wu told insidethegames here today and claimed the risk of injury is not as great as has been claimed by former top fighters like Lennox Lewis.

Read more: Exclusive: Every other Olympic sport has professionals so why can't boxing, asks AIBA President?

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