Boxer Maxim Dadashev dies from injuries sustained in fight

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died from injuries he sustained in his fight against Subriel Matias on Friday night. Buddy McGirt, Dadashev’s trainer, and strength and conditioning coach Donatas Janusevicius confirmed the news to ESPN.

Dadashev lost in an 11th-round TKO in an IBF junior welterweight fight. McGirt, Dadashev’s Hall of Fame trainer, made the decision to stop the fight after the 11th round, determining that the 28-year-old had taken too much punishment over the course of the fight. Matias landed 319 shots on Dadashev during the bout, including 112 to the body.

“God forbid, one punch as you know can change a whole guy’s life and I wasn’t going to let that happen,” McGirt said in a post-match interview. “I’d rather have them be mad at me for a day or two then to be mad at me for the rest of their life.”

10 PHOTOSBoxer Maxim DardashevSee GalleryBoxer Maxim DardashevMaxim Dadashev celebrates after defeating Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico, during a junior welterweight bout Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Maxim Dadashev hits Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico, during a junior welterweight bout Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Maxim Dadashev celebrates after defeating Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico, during a junior welterweight bout Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)21 June 2015; Dean Walsh, Ireland, left, exchanges punches with Maxim Dadashev, Russia, during their Men’s Boxing Light Welter 64kg Round of 16 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 20: Maxim Dadashev (L) of Russia connects on Antonio de Marco of Mexico during a super lightweight bout at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 20: Maxim Dadashev of Russia wait for the decision after a super lightweight bout against Antonio de Marco of Mexico at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dadashev won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Maxim Dadashev returns to his corner after the fourth round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Subriel Matias (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Maxim Dadashev receives attention in his corner after his corner threw in the towel following the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Subriel Matias (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Subriel Matias and Maxim Dadashev in action during the tenth round of their junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Maxim Dadashev receives attention in his corner after his corner threw in the towel following the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Subriel Matias (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Up Next

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Following the fight, Dadashev needed assistance leaving the ring, vomited before reaching his dressing room and later left the arena on a stretcher before being transported to a local hospital. According to ESPN, Dadashev had bleeding in his brain, underwent emergency surgery and was subsequently placed in a medically-induced coma.

As of Saturday morning, Dadashev was listed in critical condition and showed signs of severe brain damage. At that point, Janusevicius told ESPN that the bleeding and swelling in Dadashev’s brain had stopped.

Dadashev entered Friday night’s fight with a 13-0 record as a professional.

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