Boxing hopeful suffers eye injury

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 25/10/2012
Wil McLellan
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DISAPPOINTMENT: Epic IT hub co-found Wil McLellan sports a black eye after fracturing his eye socket during training for the Fight for Christchurch boxing night.

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A white-collar boxer has suffered a fractured eye socket in a training accident, ruling him out of the Fight for Christchurch event.

Wil McLellan, a co-founder of the Epic IT hub, said the "freak accident" occurred in the last round of a routine sparring session.

"It felt like a sort of popping sensation. My eye went back in my head and I knew something was wrong."

He underwent surgery to repair an orbital floor fracture two days later and was told he would not be able to fight.

McLellan, who had lost 11 kilograms during seven months of training, said he was disappointed to be ruled out of the November 30 event.

"It's really disappointing because I was looking forward to it so much, but if you're going to do contact sport, you do accept the risks."

He has been warned that double vision in the damaged eye could last for several months.

McLellan said the injury had not put him off the sport. He has spoken to his chosen charity, the Canterbury Earthquake Survivors Trust, and would raise money for them at another event next year.

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