Tributes have flooded in from the boxing world following the tragic death of Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev, who died after suffering a bleed on the brain as the result of an 11th-round TKO loss on Friday.
Dadashev's trainer Buddy McGirt threw in the towel after the 11th round of his fight with fellow undefeated contender Subriel Matias after the Russian suffered a further round of heavy punishment at the hands of the Puerto Rican.
The 28-year-old appeared unsteady on his legs, leading McGirt to pull his man out, confirming the first loss of his 14-fight career. Upon leaving the ring, Dadashev collapsed and lost conciousness in an ambulance.
He was transported to hospital where he underwent a two-hour operation for a subdural hematoma – a brain bleed – on the right side of his skull and received treatment to reduce swelling.
On Tuesday it was reported he had died from heart failure as a result of his injuries. The boxing world is subsequently in mourning, and poignant messages of remembrance and respect have been made in memory of the fighter known as 'Mad Max'.
Rest In Peace, Maxim Dadashev. #Boxing is a very unforgiving sport. We cant make it safe, but we can make it safer. We can also rally to economically help his wife and son. We must take care of our own. This is heartbreaking news.
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) 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 Maxims family and friends in grief, support and wish prompt resignation.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) July 23, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Maxim Dadashev – absolutely awful.
The condolences of everybody at Queensberry Promotions are with his family and friends.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) July 23, 2019
This fella Maxim Dadashev was a fighter until his last breath, its a brutal cruel sport at times, he died aged 28 after suffering severe brain injuries during his defeat to Subriel Matias on Friday. May god rest his soul #RIPChamppic.twitter.com/YY0ZajAceJ
— Anthony Fowler (@afowler06) July 23, 2019
Russian Boxing Federation head Umar Kremlev stated after the news broke on Tuesday that the organisation will provide lifetime monetary support to the family of Dadashev following their loss.
"We will make lifelong payments to the family of Dadashev. We will support his family," Kremlev said, TASS reported.
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