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Russian Maxim Dadashev dead at 28

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Russian Maxim Dadashev dead at 28

Russian Jr. Welterweight contender Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday in a Maryland hospital four days after suffering a massive head injury, while losing a one-sided fight. He was just 28 years old.

ESPN’s Steve Kim, who covered the co-main event fight Friday night between the previously unbeaten Dadashev and unbeaten Subriel Matias of Puerto Rico, and then in the middle of the night from the Prince George’s Hospital in nearby Cheverly, Maryland, relayed the news:

As we wrote Monday night, information had been scarce after Kim reported Dadashev, originally from Russia but training recently in California, has suffered serious brain damage and undergone surgery to relieve swelling. He had been in a medically induced coma, ever since. Dadashev’s wife arrived from Russia on Monday night to be with him in what turned out to be his final hours.

Matias was winning the fight decisively on all three judges cards, and Dadashev had continued to absorb punishment in the late rounds. That’s when, longtime trainer, and former fighter, James “Buddy” McGirt finally stopped it after the 11th round.

ESPN+ televised the fight and their cameras showed Dadashev clearly in distress in his corner after the stoppage, and there was some delay in getting him out of the ring and significant medical treatment. Media and observers at ringside saw him leave the ring with the help of his team, but, Dadashev was unable to make it back to the locker room before collapsing. He was then rushed by ambulance to the hospital.

Kim got these comments from McGirt early Tuesday afternoon:

Later on Tuesday afternoon, Dadashev’s wife released a statement:

Dadashev’s death is the first known one in a boxing ring world wide in 2019.

Unfortunately, boxing has a brutal history of deaths in the ring, including two last year. One involved an Italian fighter named Christian Daghio in November of last year in Thailand, and also Scott Westgarth of the U.K., who was killed in February of 2018 after a bout there.

The most famous death involving a fight in the U.S. in the last 40 years was South Korean, Duk-Koo Kim being killed by Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini in a battle that was nationally televised by CBS from Las Vegas in November of 1982. Like Dadashev, Kim suffered a massive brain injury after Mancini’s knockout punch, had surgery soon after the fight, but also died a few days later in the Las Vegas hospital.

Also Tuesday afternoon, Top Rank Boxing and promoter Bob Arum, released their first statement about Dadashev’s death:

This latest tragedy will also call into question again, safety precautions and the immediacy of care for fighters that have clearly taken a beating or a serious knockout punch.

A veteran broadcaster of over 25 years, T.J. has been a fight fan longer than that! He’s the host of the “Big Fight Weekend” podcast and will go “toe to toe” with anyone who thinks that Marvin Hagler beat Sugar Ray Leonard or that Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Deontay Wilder could have beaten Ali!

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