07/23 14:39 CDT Boxer Dadashev dies after suffering brain injury in ring
Boxer Dadashev dies after suffering brain injury in ring
By JAMES ELLINGWORTH
AP Sports Writer
MOSCOW (AP) --- Boxer Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday, two days after suffering a
brain injury in a fight in Maryland. He was 28.
The Russian Boxing Federation said Dadashev suffered a brain swelling in
Friday's light-welterweight fight with Subriel Matias at the Theater at MGM
National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. He underwent surgery but his heart
stopped Tuesday, the federation said.
Dadashev was hospitalized at UM Prince George's Hospital Center shortly after
the fight, which was stopped by his corner following the 11th round after
Dadashev took numerous shots to the head.
Footage from the fight shows Dadashev shaking his head in his corner as his
trainer, Buddy McGirt, pleads with him to stop the fight, telling him: "You're
getting hit too much, Max. Please, Max, please let me do this."
Shortly after, the referee stopped the bout at McGirt's request.
The Russian Boxing Federation's secretary general, Umar Kremlev, said the
federation would investigate whether anyone was at fault for Dadashev's death.
"We need to know the truth about what happened," Kremlev wrote in an email to
The Associated Press. "I believe that some human factors intervened, that there
was some kind of violation."
He added the federation would give Dadashev's family financial support.
Both fighters were 13-0 before the bout, which offered the winner the right to
challenge IBF titleholder Josh Taylor. Dadashev had been viewed as a rising
star after beating two former world lightweight champions, Darleys Perez and
Antonio DeMarco, last year. Before Friday's fight, he had won 11 of his 13
fights by way of knockout.
He was originally from the Russian city of St. Petersburg but had fought
exclusively in the United States since turning pro in 2016.
"He was a very kind person who fought until the very end," Dadashev's wife,
Elizaveta Apushkina, said in a statement issued by the hospital. "Our son will
continue (to) be raised to be a great man like his father. Lastly, I would like
to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days."
The Russian embassy in the U.S. said in a statement on Facebook it is "ready to
provide any necessary assistance for (Dadashev's) repatriation to Russia."
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