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BBC NI's Jerome Quinn reports on Neil Sinclair's failed world title bid
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BBC NI's Jerome Quinn talks to Neil Sinclair
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Monday, 18 December, 2000, 13:46 GMT
Sinclair prays for Ingle recovery
Neil Sinclair and Daniel Santos
Neil Sinclair (left) lost to WBO champion Daniel Santos
Belfast boxer Neil Sinclair believes his world title disappointment is nothing compared to the fate of Paul Ingle.

Sinclair suffered a second round knockout against WBO welterweight champion Daniel Santos in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Later in the bill, tragedy struck in the final round of Ingle's IBF featherweight title defence against South Africa's Mbulelo Botile.

Ingle collapsed and was rushed to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The Scarborough boxer underwent a two and a half hour operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

I love boxing and I will continue in the sport
  Neil Sinclair

On Monday his condition was reported as critical but stable.

"That puts it into perspective," said Sinclair.

"When you think what happened to Paul Ingle, I have lost nothing.

"My thoughts are with him and his family. I just hope and pray he pulls through.

Risks involved

"It is difficult to defend boxing at a time like this.

"Every now and again something like this happens.

"I do not know if boxing will ever be safe but it is not as dangerous as some other sports.

"I love boxing and I will continue in the sport.

"The fighters know the risks involved."

Sinclair's sights are now set on challenging Belfast welterweight champion Harry Dhami from Gravesend in Kent.

Pride hurt

Trainer John Breen said Sinclair was more embarrassed than anything else by the manner of his defeat.

"Neil's pride is hurt - but he will be back," said Breen.

"His appetite is undiminished and a British title shot is now the objective.

"Hopefully that will happen by February 2001."

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