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Lincoln boxer Ryan Clark touched by support after Jonjo Finnegan horror blow

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 03, 2012

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Battle: Ryan Clark, left, and Jonjo Finnegan. Picture: Colin Messom

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Ryan Clark has been overwhelmed by support since his tragic fight with Jonjo Finnegan but urged fans to channel their goodwill towards the critically ill boxer.

Finnegan remains in intensive care at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre where he underwent lifesaving brain surgery after he was knocked out by Clark in the sixth round of their international masters clash.

The 32-year-old is in a serious but stable condition as boxing's tight knit community rallied round the popular Burton on Trent super-middleweight.

Clark has also been inundated with messages of support from fight fans, but the devastated 22-year-old would prefer them to concentrate on Finnegan.

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"The last few days have been truly humbling given the amount of messages I have had," he said.

"There have been so many that I have not had chance to respond to them all and some have been from Jonjo's fans.

"I've been absolutely overwhelmed by it all, but this is not about me.

"It's about Jonjo and I want everyone to forget about me and just concentrate all their prayers and support towards him.

"I am absolutely devastated with what has happened and I would love to turn back the clock.

"I would give anything to make that happen. Nobody deserves what he and his family are going through at the moment.

"I'll not be happy until he has made a full recovery."

Boxers from all over the country have shown an incredible amount of support for Finnegan.

Curtis Woodhouse, Lincoln City's former coach, has promised to donate 50 per cent of his next's fight's purse to his family.

Jody Meikle, who is from Carl Greaves' stable, has also promised to do the same for Finnegan, who is a father of two.

Clark says it is a fantastic gesture.

"I think it just goes to show what a family of friends we are," he said.

"What Curtis and Jody have done is absolutely magnificent and fair play to them.

"George Groves has also said he would like to help and the amount of promoters, fighters and fans behind Jonjo is amazing.

"Boxing gets some bad press at times, but you would struggle to find such togetherness in any other sport.

"It's been absolutely amazing."

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