American boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday, October 16 after suffering a severe brain injury in Charles Conwell’s knockout defeat last weekend, said promoter Lou DiBella in a statement.
After being knocked out by Conwell on Saturday at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, the 27-year-old super welterweight had undergone emergency surgery.
We are grateful for the prayers, messages of support and outpouring of love for Pat on behalf of Patrick’s parents, friends, and those closest to him, DiBella said.
Day, who had been in a coma at the Northwestern Memorial hospital following surgery, died surrounded by family and friends.
Following his 10th round ko, the American fighter was taken unconscious from the ring on a stretcher on Saturday. In the 4th and 8th rounds, Conwell, an American Olympian from 2016, dropped Day and then landed a right hand in the 10th, causing Day to stumble.
Seconds later Conwell shocked Day with a huge left hook causing Day to drop backward and his face to bounce off the canvas. At 1 minute, 46 seconds of the round, Referee Celestino Ruiz called off the fight.
Day laid on the canvas before being removed from the ring for several minutes receiving medical treatment.
The day is at least the third boxer to die this year from injuries on the ring.
After a fight in San Nicolas, just north of Buenos Aires, Argentine boxer Hugo Santillan died in July.
The death of Santillan came just two days after the death of Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev in a fight in Maryland from brain injuries.
DiBella said he hoped that the death of Day would encourage US authorities to pursue stronger safety standards in his statement on Wednesday. Explaining and explaining the risks of boxing at a moment like this becomes very difficult, DiBella said.
This is not a moment when edicts or pronouncements are necessary or the solutions are readily available. However, this is a time for an appeal to action. ‘While we do not have the answers, we definitely know some of the questions, have the means to address them and have the ability to reply appropriately and effectively and make boxing safer for everyone involved.
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