Michael Watson MBE is a world famous boxing speaker, sports personality and motivational icon who is known more for his extraordinary post-boxing life than his professional career.
Beginning his professional career in the mid-80’s Watson found himself forced into retirement after a near-fatal injury sustained during a match with fellow British professional boxer and boxing speaker Chris Eubanks in 1991.
Making a name for himself as the successful underdog of British boxing Watson competed as the Middleweight fighter for both the WBO championship and for European and Olympic championship teams. However in a rematch with Eubanks Watson was knocked down, his head colliding with the ropes, where he remained, for almost ten minutes, without medical attention.
It took a further twenty minutes before Watson was admitted to a neurology ward and six operations to remove the resulting blood clot. After months in a coma and an inability to walk, speak or hear Watson went on to spend the next few years in a wheelchair.
One of the most inspirational sports speakers working on the boxing speaker circuit Watson dedicated himself to his recovery and in 2003, six years after regaining the ability to walk, Michael Watson MBE made headlines when he successfully completed the London Marathon.
With his neurologist and now personal friend Chris Eubanks by his side Watson walked for two hours every morning for six days, sleeping in a travelling bus that followed him along the route, and finally crossed the finish line on 13th April.
Watson was awarded an MBE in 2004, with the Queen herself commenting on his determination and achievements; there are few truly awe-inspiring people in the world, however Michael Watson MBE is one of them. With a wealth of moving and genuinely personal experiences to share about his recovery Michael Watson MBE is unlike any other boxing speaker currently working on the sports speaker circuit.
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