Ex-British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell has woken from a coma after being injured in a sparring session.

Blackwell had surgery to reduce swelling on his brain after returning to sparring in November.

The 26-year-old Englishman retired earlier this year after being placed in an induced coma following a fight with Chris Eubank Jr.

A British Boxing Board of Control hearing into the unsanctioned sparring session will be held in January.

“This is the start of a long old process. It is going to be a long road to recovery,” Gary Lockett, Blackwell’s former trainer, told BBC Wales Sport.

“But at this point I think we are winning. It is more than we hoped for.”

Blackwell woke from his coma on Friday, 16 December. He will now undergo a period of physiotherapy and will require an operation in 2017.