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Dragged from his car and hospitalised: boxer Michael Watson

VETERAN: Michael Watson MBE (photo credit: Heathcliff O'Malley)

CONCERN AND shock gripped the boxing world this weekend just gone, after news of a violent escapade which is suspected to be a failed carjacking left three-time heavyweight challenger Michael Watson MBE and his carer Lennard Ballack recovering from their injuries in hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as they try to track down the men who deliberately crashed into 51-year-old Watson's car in Chingford, east London then forced the disabled former boxer out of the car. The perpetrators sprayed Ballack's eyes with a debilitating substance and punched him before dragging Watson along the road, leaving him with burns to the skin.

The two victims have been sent home to recover from the attack, which happened last Thursday, whilst investigations continue.

The beloved boxer sent out a message to well-wishers:

"I am overwhelmed with all the messages I have received and the kindness shown to me and I would like to thank everyone for their concern.

"Lennard and I were involved in a very frightening, violent situation which came out of the blue in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon.

"I don't want anyone else to have to go through that so I'm asking you to help the police in finding these men and bring them to justice."

Despite undergoing six brain operations after a match against Chris Eubank in the early 1990s, Watson completed the London Marathon in 2003 and continues to defy medical expectations after his recent ordeal.

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