Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has reportedly passed away after sustaining massive brain trauma during a fight on Friday evening.
Dadashev, 28, lost his first professional fight that night, after 11 rounds, to Puerto Rican boxer Subriel Matias, in a match that turned extremely one-sided in the later rounds. Video of the match is tough to watch. Both fighters held a 13-0 winning streak and were competing for a spot against the current champion title-holder, Josh Taylor.
Footage captured from the Friday night event shows Dadashev looking exhausted after his final round. Longtime trainer Buddy McGirt is seen talking to him, pleading him to stop the fight and call it quits for the night.
“You’re getting hit too much, Max,” said McGirt. “Please, Max, please let me do this.”
In response, Dadashev shook his head in denial. Before Round 12 began, the referee listened to McGirt’s request and ended the fight, hailing Matias, 27, as the winner.
Dadashev collapsed after the fight and was reportedly taken to the hospital, where he needed emergency surgery for brain swelling.
Earlier in the week, ESPN released more details on the boxer’s condition:
Early Saturday morning, neurosurgeon Mary IH Cobb told Dadashev’s manager, Egis Klimas, and Janusevicius that the boxer had suffered a brain bleed on his right side, that his head was shaved and his scalp opened up, and that he was showing signs of severe brain damage. He had been given medication to decrease swelling.
”Right now, he’s in critical condition, but the doctor told me that he’s stable,” Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach Donatas Janusevicius, who visited with the fighter on Saturday afternoon, told ESPN. “We know that the bleeding has stopped. Also, the swelling has stopped. So some positive news, and we hope and pray for the best.”
Dadashev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sept. 30, 1990. He started boxing at the age of 18 before becoming a professional.
He later brought his family over to the U.S. to train under McGirt in Oxnard, Calif.
Dadashev is survived by his wife Elizaveta Apushkina and his son.