Former boxer Michael Watson hospitalised after street attack

18/02/2017 21:50

Former boxer Michael Watson and his carer, Lennard Ballack were hospitalised on Thursday night after the former world title challenger was dragged out of a car.

Watson, 51, was in the passenger seat, with Mr Ballack driving through Chingford in Essex when the vehicle was struck from behind.

The attackers sprayed a suspected "noxious substance" into Mr Ballack’s eyes, punched him, and pulled Watson out of the car and dragged him along the street, in what is believed to have been an attempt to steal the car, before fleeing the scene.

Both Watson and Ballack were taken to hospital for treatment on their injuries.

The Metropolitan Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward as investigations continue.

Watson's boxing career ended in 1991 after he lost a WBO super middleweight title bout against fellow Brit Chris Eubank during which he suffered a serious brain injury. He spent 40 days in a coma and had six brain operations to remove a blood clot.