Former world title challenger Michael Watson and carer Lennard Ballack were injured on Thursday when two men rear-ended their car, sprayed both Watson and Ballack with a "noxious substance," and dragged Watson along the road. The two were safely treated and released from care on Saturday.
Watson tore through the British middleweight scene in the late 80s and early 90s, opening his career 25-2-1 (21 KO) with a knockout of then-unbeaten Nigel Benn among his accolades. In his second shot at a world title, the first an unsuccessful bid for Mike McCallum’s WBA belt, he took Chris Eubank to a majority decision.
Three months later, he was ahead on all three scorecards in their rematch before suffering a catastrophic brain injury in the 12th, ending his career after a forty-day coma and multiple surgeries. Watson has since dedicated his life to charity. He walked the London Marathon in 2003 and received his MBE one year later.
His injuries were reportedly not life-threatening and he is currently recovering at home. We wish him the best of luck.