FORMER boxer Michael Watson has been injured in a suspected car-jacking attempt as he travelled with his carer.
The 51-year-old, who suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a world title clash with Chris Eubank in 1991, was taken to hospital after the attack at traffic lights in east London.
He was dragged along the road and carer Lennard Ballack was sprayed in the eyes with an ammonia-like substance. Both victims are recovering at home as police hunt two suspects.
‘Somebody bumped into the back of their car and Lennard got out to speak to the driver,’ said Mr Watson’s spokesman.
‘I understand the guys wound down their window and sprayed something.
‘The men then went to the car Michael was in. He had his seatbelt half off by this point, and they dragged him out of the car and along the floor. The men then sprayed Lennard in the eyes again and drove away.’
The would-be robbers, who had been in a white Mercedes, left in a different vehicle, as the former WBO super-middleweight challenger and Mr Ballack lay on the ground.
‘Lennard’s suffering a bit — his eyes are not good. Michael is OK, but he is very, very sore after being dragged along so some of the skin has broken badly,’ added the spokesman.
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to The Ridgeway in Chingford shortly before 5pm on Thursday to reports of an attempted robbery. They urged anyone with information to contact them.