27-year-old Boxer Patrick Day has died four days after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in a knockout by his 21-year-old opponent Charles Conwell at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena.
Day, a welterweight boxer, was knocked out in the fourth and eighth rounds during the 10-round bout. In the final round, Conwell caught Day with a left hook that floored him, causing his head to slam against the canvas as he fell onto his back.
Day lost consciousness and was led out of the ring on a stretcher by medical personnel. He was transported to Northwest Memorial Hospital, where he fell into a coma.
Day did not recover from his injuries and was, sadly, pronounced dead on Wednesday.
The boxer’s promoter Lou DiBella confirmed his death in a statement, “Patrick Day passed away today, Oct 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, Oct 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL.”
“He was surrounded by his family, close friends, and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend, and trainer Joe Higgins,” DiBella said.
Conwell opened up about Saturday’s events on Twitter, saying he did not intend anything wrong to happen to Day, his opponent, but only wanted to win. “If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them.” He said.
Day is the third boxer to die this year as a result of injuries suffered in the ring. On July 23, Maxim Dadashev, 28, a Russian light welterweight boxer, died from injuries sustained in his junior welterweight loss four days earlier in Maryland. He was fighting against Puerto Rican contender Subriel Matias.
Two days later, on July 25, Argentinian fighter Hugo Alfredo Santillan collapsed at the end of the fight and died. He fought to draw in his super lightweight bout.