EXCLUSIVE: Three-time world title challenger Michael Watson to be inducted into British boxing hall of fame after inspiring recovery from near-fatal brain injury
- Michael Watson spent 40 days fighting for his life after a brutal knockout in 1991
- He had to relearn to speak, read, write and walk after six years in a wheelchair
- The 57-year-old has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity
Michael Watson will be inducted into the British Boxing Hall of Fame later this month in recognition of the inspiration he provided in his fight against severe brain damage suffered in the ring 31 years ago.
The three-time world title challenger, who spent 40 days fighting for his life in a coma after a brutal knockout of Chris Eubank in 1991, will be honored by the British Ex-Boxers Association at a ceremony in London on September 18 .
Since suffering his horrific injuries, which required Watson to relearn to speak, read, write and walk after six years in a wheelchair, Watson has gone on to run a marathon and raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities.
Michael Watson will be honored by the British Ex-Boxers Association at a ceremony in London
The 57-year-old told Sportsmail: “To enter the hall of fame is a real honor and a privilege.” It really touched my heart that the fans and people didn’t forget me and that I was able to make the best of my situation. I am blessed. It made me very happy.
“I have to thank my carer (Haroun Topalak), he did so much for me. I train every day – Every day I get a little stronger, a little better.
“I always want to show people that you can come back from tough times.”
Watson spent 40 days fighting for his life in a coma after a 1991 knockout of Chris Eubank