Maxim Dadashev 28, the Russian professional boxer has died from bruises he sustained through a fight on Friday night, according to his trainer, Buddy McGirt.
McGirt told ESPN on Tuesday:
“It just makes you realise what type of sport we’re in, man.
“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? But at the end of the day, everything was fine [in training]. He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.”
Dadashev was fixed in a medically effected coma after his loss to Subriel Matias in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator bout. Dadashev endured surgery at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center, Maryland, for bleeding on the brain.
On Saturday, the doctors at the hospital said the boxer had sustained severe brain damage and his death was confirmed on Tuesday.
Matias and Dadashev’s fight was cruel and was stopped by McGirt after the 11th round, when he decided his fighter had taken too much harm.
Dadashev shook his head when McGirt told him he was ending the fight.
“If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please,” McGirt said. At that point, McGirt told the ringside doctor and referee he was throwing in the towel.
“I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner [after the 11th round], my mind was already made up,” McGirt said on Tuesday. “I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up.