28-year-old boxer Maxim Dadashev dies from fight-related injuries
28-year-old Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev sadly succumbed to his injuries sustained from his recent fight and passed away in a hospital in Maryland, USA.
The wife of light welterweight boxer Maxim Dadashev, Elizaveta Apushkina, released a statement to ESPN's Steve Kim, saying: "It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev. He was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue be raised to be a great man like his father."
"Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days. I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time.”
Dadashev suffered a brain injury and was taken to the hospital immediately after his fight to the UM Prince George's Hospital Center in Maryland.
The fight against Subriel Matias was stopped in the 11th round by Dadashev's trainer Buddy McGirt. Dadashev had to be helped out of the ring, and he started to vomit and lost consciousness before making it to the dressing room, ESPN reported.
"The Russian Boxing Federation expresses deep condolences to Maxim's relatives and close ones. We mourn together with you," the federation said in a statement.
This video of Buddy McGirt urging Maxim Dadashev to stop fighting was hard to watch Friday, it’s even harder now. Heart-breaking. pic.twitter.com/BNjsdpJfle— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 23, 2019
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.
Via @espn pic.twitter.com/8Pbu6cD6LC— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) July 23, 2019
Dadashev had previously won all of his 13 fights.
His death has added to the sport's detractors who say that boxing is still unsafe. Between 1890 and 2019, 1,875 boxers died as a direct result of injuries sustained in fights. Before the introduction of gloves, there were 266 documented deaths from 1740 to 1889 in bare-knuckled fights.