American boxer Patrick Day, 27, has passed away from brain injuries only four days after the 10th round of Chicago fight against Charles Conwell.
Day received treatment on the canvas at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena before he was carried out on a stretcher. The 27-year-old was put in a coma but sadly, he never woke up.
It was promoter Lou DiBella who announced his death. He was surrounded by his family, friends, and members of the boxing team.
“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury,” DiBella said. The promoter also praised Day’s positivity, kindness and generosity of spirit.
Day became the fourth boxer to die after competing in a professional fight this year.
Hugo Alfredo Santillan from Argentina and Maxima Dadashev from Russia passed away in July, while Boris Stanchov from Bulgaria died after a fight in September.
In an Instagram post shared before Day died, Conwell wrote: “If I could take it all back, I would. No one deserves this to happen to them.
“I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you.
“I can’t stop thinking about it myself. I prayed for you so many times and shed so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel.
“I see you everywhere you go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that’s not what you would want.”
The World Boxing Organization wrote on Twitter: “The WBO family is heartbroken with the news of the passing of Patrick Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.”
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