Nick Blackwell unbowed by loss to Martin Murray

Nick Blackwell
Blackwell turned professional two years ago at the age of 18

Nick Blackwell says he will learn from his mistakes after losing to Martin Murray in the British Middleweight title fight on Saturday.

The Trowbridge fighter retired at the end of the fifth round after aggravating a rib injury sustained in training for the bout.

"I'll look at this and I will get better. It's all about learning," the 20-year-old told BBC Wiltshire.

"It's good experience for me and I couldn't say no to the opportunity."

The defeat was the first in Blackwell's fledgling pro career but marks a 23rd unbeaten bout for St Helens man Murray, who is ranked world number five by the WBA.

The champion showed little mercy and was on top from the third round with a series of heavy shots to the ribs which ultimately proved telling.

"I had a good spa a couple of weeks ago and pulled a muscle in my rib and in the fourth round he caught me with a body shot," Blackwell added.

"It was hard to breathe or concentrate and there was no need to risk it breaking or causing further injury."

Despite his first loss Blackwell remained positive about the experience in the aftermath of the fight.

"I'll be at that level some time [in the future] - he's eight years older than me.

"I'll keep training, that won't put me down. I've had nine fights now in the pro ranks and now I've fought for the British, Commonwealth and the WBA titles so I can only get better."

It was an opinion endorsed by former light welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton who was present at the fight.

"It was a great performance when you think how may fights he's had and the level he's at, it just shows the level of talent this lad has," Hatton said.

"It was a good decision by the corner because his day will come again. To be fighting for the British title after eight fights is an achievement in itself.

"There is a lot of boxing left in him and he's only going to get better given this experience."