WHEN Jonjo Finnegan’s head hit the canvas at Burton Town Hall, it was unclear whether the boxer would ever return home.
Floored during a hotly-anticipated title fight in July 2012, he was rushed to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre with a bleed to his brain.
But fast-forward to 2014 and there are now two Jonjos in the Finnegan household with the former boxer from Newhall and partner Joanne celebrating the birth of Jonjo Junior as they seek to put the trauma of the past couple of years behind them.
It was more than two weeks before he emerged from a coma and began the long road towards recovery which would see him have to learn to walk and talk again, as well give up the sport he loved.
After battling back from the brink, he now finds himself in much better shape, but still suffers from the effects of his injuries, both physically and mentally.
He said: “I’m partially sighted, I can’t see much out of my left eye, which has been the same since it happened. Everything on my left side is weak, but the biggest thing is fatigue, I always feel so tired.”
Since the incident, Jonjo has been reluctant to go out, except when coaching at the South Derbyshire Boxing Academy, fearful of what would happen if he was ever to take another punch.
He said: “It’s always there, every day, you’re always taking care whatever you do. I don’t really go out anymore. If there was ever any trouble, someone recognised me and said ‘you’re that boxer’ and whacked me, it would be game over.”
But not going out much and being constantly tired is something many new parents will relate to and Jonjo Junior, as well as daughters Courtney and Keeley, will provide him with plenty to keep him busy.
Rather than looking back, he is firmly focused on the future, and while he says there is still a long way to go with his recovery, the same is also true for his life.
He said: “When it happened, I didn’t realise how serious it was, I thought I would recover and I would be back in the ring. It’s heartbreaking that I can’t do that anymore.
“But I’m still involved, I’ve done all the coaching courses and am down there three or four nights a week and I’m enjoying it.
“I’ve just had a little boy and he’s great. I’ve got three kids now and I’m planning to get married later this year. With everything that has happened, it does put things into perspective and make you appreciate that it is your family that is important.”