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Boxer Dies from Brain Injuries Suffered in Fight

July 23, 2019 - 7:07 pm

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev died on Tuesday morning from brain injuries that he suffered in a fight on Friday night in Maryland. Dadashev was just 28-years old.

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Trainer Buddy McGirt and his coach Donatas Janusevicius confirmed that the boxer had died from his injuries. Both men had been with the boxer at the hospital since he had been admitted after the fight.

Dadashev – who was from Russia – leaves a wife and young son behind. His wife flew from Russia to be with her husband on Monday night.

“He was a very kind person who fought to the very end. Our son will continue to 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 very this difficult time”, said Elizaveta Apushkina.

Dadashev was fighting for a $75,000 purse plus training expenses. The fight was a 140-pound world title elimination fight for the right to become the mandatory challenger for the world title belt.

The bout was described as grueling as Dadashev’s opponent Subriel Matias dominated the action. Matias repeatedly landed blows to the head and body of Dadashev.

Trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight after 11 rounds over the loud objections of Dadashev. The fighter begged his trainer to let him continue, but McGirt would not change his mind. McGirt stated he almost threw in the towel after ninth round.

Dadashev (13-1) was from Saint Petersburg, Russia and was based in Oxnard, California. He had to be helped from the ring and collapsed before making it to the dressing room. After being transported to the hospital, the boxer underwent brain surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Dadashev’s only loss as a fighter cost him his life.

A complete review of why this fight was not stopped earlier has to take place to determine if the death of this husband, father and young athlete could have been avoided.

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