Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died following the head injuries he suffered during a fight last week in Maryland, the Russian boxing federation disclosed on Tuesday.
The boxer died in the United States following injuries he suffered during his fight with Subriel Matias, according to the announcement.
The 28-year-old boxer had an emergency brain surgery in Washington after his super-lightweight session with Puerto Rican Matias on Friday. The fight was stopped after the eleventh round by his cornerman James McGirt.
The boxer could not walk to the changing room after the match was stopped, so he was hospitalized immediately.
After the match, McGirt said he could not persuade him to stop but decided to quit when he realised that he was getting hit with more and cleaner shots as the match went on.
He told ESPN on Tuesday that he was wracking his brain thinking if he could have done things another way.
“He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing. My mind is like really running crazy, right now. Like what could I have done differently? However, at the end of the day, everything was fine.
“It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,” McGirt said
“He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.”
RIP Maxim Dadashev.
He passed away from injuries suffered during Friday’s fight, according to trainer Buddy McGirt and Donatas Janusevicius, Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach.
We join Maxim’s family and friends in grief, support and wish prompt resignation.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) July 23, 2019
The Russian Boxing Federation has said it would pay for Dadashev’s funeral and compensate his family.
Dadashev’s widow, Elizaveta Apushkina, additionally issued an announcement, expressing her sadness about the death.
She described him as a very kind person who fought until the very end. She said their son would continue to be raised to be a great man like his father.
The Russian boxer went with a 13-0 unbeaten record into the 140-pound non-title battle.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum issued an announcement reviewing Dadashev as an astounding young fellow.
ESPN additionally issued a statement, saying, “Our heartfelt thoughts are with Dadashev’s family, friends, trainers and the team at Top Rank,”
Dadashev was rated among the top five by two world endorsing bodies going into Friday’s battle in Washington DC, an elimination bout for the privilege to turn into a mandatory challenger for Josh Taylor’s IBF title.
Matias overwhelmed, and after the eleventh round, McGirt could be heard telling Dadashev he was going to stop it; however, Max did not agree with him.
McGirt, himself a previous two-weight world champion, at that point told the official: “That is it.”