FIGHTER: Michael Watson
MICHAEL WATSON, also known by his moniker “The Force”, enjoyed a hugely successful boxing career in the 1980s and early 1990s, earning the British Commonwealth middleweight title and winning 25 out of his 30 fights. His illustrious career was tragically cut short after receiving near-fatal brain injuries during his fight with Chris Eubank for the super-middleweight title in 1991.
After this fateful fight, Watson spent forty days in a coma, remained in intensive care for a year undergoing six brain operations and a further six years in a wheelchair. He also faced momentous task of having to regain the ability to read and write. Not to be one to accept defeat, Watson’s famed perseverance and determination help him in his miraculous recovery.
Although left partially disabled from his injuries, Watson has continued to be an exceptional and inspiration public figure in sport. In 2003, he completed the London Marathon, walking two hours each morning and afternoon for six days. In the following year, he was awarded the MBE for his services to disability sport.
In 2017, Watson faced another ordeal when he became the victim of a violent car theft. He was dosed with a corrosive liquid and dragged along the road for quarter of mile when three men tried to steal a car that he was travelling in. Following the incident, the former boxer has been courageously speaking out about the flashbacks and physical seizures he has had as a result of the attack. Despite his suffering, Watson has extended his inspiring message of hope and self-belief to his attackers stating that would tell them “don’t give up hope, believe in yourselves”.
Next month Michael Watson will be sharing his inspiring story and reflecting on the fight he has made both in and outside the boxing ring at an event held at De Montfort University, Leicester.
The event, which will take place on February 26, is being held in partnership with BlackChat, a forum to exchange ideas and issues affecting black communities, and the Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future project, which seeks to document and share the contribution of the African and African Caribbean community to British history. All are welcome to attend and be part of the conversation.
Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019, 6:00pm
Location: Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE2 7BU
Ticket info: To book and for more details visit www.serendipity-uk.com or call 0116 257 7316
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