Eye problem leaves Islington boxer battling to rescue his career

Georgie Kean (right) was defeated by Nathan McIntosh at Harrow Leisure Centre. Pic: Philip Sharkey/T

Georgie Kean (right) was defeated by Nathan McIntosh at Harrow Leisure Centre. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo - Credit: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

‘Gorgeous’ Georgie Kean faces an uncertain future after an ongoing vision problem flared up again in his defeat to Nathan McIntosh at Harrow Leisure Centre.

The Islington light-middleweight had been hoping to register a seventh professional win on Friday – but his evening deteriorated into an early Halloween nightmare.

McIntosh, who arrived with eight straight wins under his belt, bulldozed through the former Times ABC man with an uppercut and then a straight right in the early stages of round two.

The Nottingham fighter continued his onslaught on Kean, before referee Kieran McCann jumped in to stop the contest after one minute and 10 seconds of the round.

It was not until after the bout – Kean’s second professional defeat – that he revealed to trainer Colin Wilson he had been struggling with corneal abrasion on his left eye (a scratch on the eye’s cornea).

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Wilson told the Gazette: “I’m not making any excuses, obviously, but Georgie has had problems in the past with his eyes.

“Georgie didn’t tell me at the time but he couldn’t actually see out of the eye because obviously the lens has gone again. He’s had treatment before and it’s been an ongoing problem.

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“McIntosh landed a few good follow-up shots but he would never have landed those shots if Georgie’s eyes hadn’t gone.”

Kean, whose only previous reverse was a narrow points defeat to William Warburton last year, started enthusiastically and Wilson felt the bout had been developing well until the inevitable happened.

“It would have boiled into a good fight but, once he couldn’t see, what could you do?” said the trainer. “That’s how it goes.

“If he told me during the fight then I would have had no choice than to pull him out, but obviously he didn’t want to go out like that – most fighters wouldn’t.”

Kean will now see an optometrist in a bid to save his boxing career and Wilson is anxious to get the Islington prospect back to full health and fighting again.

“Obviously we’ve got to get the eye specialists to look at it and find out why it goes because it’s gone before,” Wilson added. “It’s up to the specialist.

“It’s an ongoing problem which we’ve got to obviously find a solution to and we have to get expert advice. It’s hard when Georgie’s boxing at a handicap.”

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