Boxing: Inquiry into Henry collapse

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The British Boxing Board of Control is to hold an inquiry into Chris Henry's fight at Cheshunt on Tuesday night. It left the Tottenham boxer requiring an emergency operation to remove a blood clot.

The inquiry will be staged by the board's Southern Area Council, and will be attended by Henry's manager, Jess Harding, and his promoter Frank Maloney. It is likely to take place in the first week of next month.

The board's strict medical procedures appeared to be in order after Henry, 28, had been stopped in the 10th round of his Southern Area title defence against Havering's Dominic Negus. But the board will still examine its handling of events after an exhausted Henry had collapsed and was rushed to Oldchurch Hospital, about 20 minutes away in Romford. Henry remains in a critical but stable condition in intensive care.

The board's secretary, John Morris, said: "When we have an injury in the ring, the doctors and ourselves will take a look at what we do. Henry was MRI-scanned within the limits before his previous Southern Area title fight last February. He was properly medicalled. He was fit."

The board has invited the Minister for Sport, Tony Banks, to attend Naseem Hamed's International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation featherweight title defences at Wembley Arena on 19 July. Morris and the board's chairman, Leonard "Nipper" Read, want the minister to have a close- up of their fight night operation.