Boxer Patrick Day Tragically Dies After Suffering Head Injuries During Fight
American boxer Patrick Day has died just days after suffering devastating head injuries in a fight with Charles Conwell.
The 27-year-old has been in a coma since the fight in Chicago on Saturday.
Day was knocked down in the fourth and eighth rounds, but he was finally knocked out in the 10th of his super welterweight bout, according to the Daily Mail.
The boxer was carried out of the ring in a neck brace on a stretcher. He reportedly suffered seizures on the way to hospital.
Promoter Lou DiBella confirmed the tragic death and released a statement on behalf of DiBella Entertainment.
"He was a son, brother, and good friend to many," said a statement. "Pat's kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met.
"Patrick Day didn't need to box. He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living
"He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It's how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive."
His opponent on Saturday night has also penned a heartbreaking statement, saying he feels for Day's family and never wished to harm Patrick.
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This is my last time speaking on the situation because of this being a sensitive topic not only for his family and friends but for myself and the sport of boxing. Dear Patrick Day, I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can't stop thinking about it myself I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that's not what you would want I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to but to fight and win a world title because that's what you wanted and thats what I want so I'll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With Compassion, Charles Conwell
"If I could take it all back, I would. No-one deserves this to happen to them," Conwell wrote. "It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this.
"This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available. It is, however, a time for a call to action.
"While we don't have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate.
"This is a way we can honour the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick's 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world. This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us."
Patrick was a two-time golden gloves champion in the super welterweight division, according to the Mirror.
He died 'surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team'.
RIP Patrick Day.
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