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24 August 2012

Ex-boxer Watson named torchbearer

HACKNEY-born former boxer Michael Watson will be among the torchbearers taking part in the Paralympic flame relay.

The fighter suffered a brain injury in 1991 during a famous super middleweight bout with rival Chris Eubank. After a catalogue of errors on the night by boxing regulators, Michael fell into a coma that lasted 40 days.

He was not expected to survive, yet the boxing star defied the odds, re-learning how to speak and walk over subsequent years. In 2003, he completed the London Marathon and was greeted at the finish line by Eubank.

The 47-year-old said: "I am over the moon and very, very proud to have been selected to carry the flame.

"It is a great honour and I would like to wish Paralympics GB lots of success and medals."

Also involved in the relay will be Hackney resident Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, who won 16 Paralympic medals over 16 years.

The relay will travel from Stoke Mandeville - the spiritual home of the Paralympics - to London, before both carry the flame through Trafalgar Square for the start of the Games on 29 August.

 

Michael Watson said he was over the moon to be a torchbearer

Michael Watson said he was over the moon to be a torchbearer

Michael Watson said he was over the moon to be a torchbearer

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