In September 1999, Peter Hamlyn, a consultant neurosurgeon, wrote these words about Michael Watson: ‘He will never run again, never move his left side, walk or speak smoothly. Though he can stand, take steps and enjoy conversation – a wonderful achievement I never thought we would see – to cross a room on foot is for him a marathon. He reaches the “wall” not at 20 miles but 20ft.’
Having operated on Watson six times, Hamlyn knew what he was talking about. But having become a good friend of the former boxer, he also knew Watson.