A Russian boxer, Maxim Dadashev has died four days after sustaining brain injury from a brutal fight against a Puerto Rican opponent in Maryland.
28-year-old Maxim Dadashev underwent surgery to remove the right side of his skull after the brutal fight on Friday with Puerto Rican Subriel Matias but didn’t survive. He died on Tuesday morning.
Dadashev, also called Mad Max, was left in a medically induced coma after suffering a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
The Puerto Rican boxer punched Dadashev repeatedly in the head at the 11th round before Dadashev’s coach, Buddy McGirt, intervened and stopped the fight.
In distressing footage posted on Twitter during the fight, McGirt had told Dadashev, ‘I’m going to stop it, Max. Max, you’re getting hit too much.’
The fighter shook his head to indicate he did not want the fight stopped, but McGirt kept at it: ‘Please, Max, please. Let me do this. OK? OK? Look at me. Please.’
Dadashev again shook his head McGirt said: ‘If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please.’
He then called the ringside physician to assess him and informed the referee that Dadashev was out.
‘I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner [after the 11th round], my mind was already made up,’ McGirt told ESPN.
‘I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.’
This video of Buddy McGirt urging Maxim Dadashev to stop fighting was hard to watch Friday, it’s even harder now. Heart-breaking. pic.twitter.com/BNjsdpJfle
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 23, 2019
Coach McGirt announced Tuesday morning July 23, that Dadashev has died from his injuries.
McGirt told ESPN on Tuesday: ‘It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man. He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing.
‘My mind is like really running crazy right now. Like, what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine [in training].
‘He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.’
He praised the St. Petersburg fighter, who was previously undefeated, for his dedication to boxing and claimed he was a ‘great guy.’
He added: ‘He was a trainer’s dream. If I had two more guys like him, I wouldn’t need anybody else because he was truly dedicated to the sport.’
Before his death, Dadashev was 13-1 in his boxing career and was considered one of the sport’s bright young stars. He was married and had one son, according to Dailymail.
“So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in peace,” British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, said.
His former coach Ruslan Dotdaev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper after the fight: ‘His mother and brother live in St Petersburg.
‘His father died a year ago. His wife is already on the way to Washington to be with him.