Maxim Dadashev, a junior welterweight boxer from St. Petersburg, Russia, died Tuesday morning at 28 years old due to severe brain injuries.
Tragedy struck the boxing world Tuesday.
Dadashev was rushed to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Maryland following the 11th round of his bout against Subriel Matias. He was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent a procedure to relieve a subdural hematoma, the medical term for a brain bleed.
On Saturday, his manager, Egis Klimas, told ESPN that the brain bleed was on the right side and that he exhibited signs of severe brain damage. However, he maintained that Dadashev was showing encouraging signs of improvement.
Trainer James “Buddy” McGirt threw in the towel prior to the 12th round of the fight in an effort to help Dadashev. Dadashev vomited before reaching his dressing room and was taken from MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington DC in an ambulance.
“One punch, as you know, can change a whole guy’s life. And I wasn’t going to let that happen,” McGirt said in an interview shortly after the fight. “I’d rather them be mad at me for a day or two than to be mad at me for the rest of their life.”
Dadashev, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, was 13-1 as a professional.