By Mark Elezaj
Tragedy struck the boxing world today!
Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday morning due to brain injuries he suffered during his 11th-round loss to Subriel Matias on Friday night. Dadashev was only 28.
Buddy McGirt, Dadashev’s trainer, begged him to let him stop the fight, telling him: “You’re getting hit too much, Max. Please, Max, please let me do this.”
McGirt threw in the towel before the start of the 12th round.
Dadashev was seen vomiting before reaching his dressing room after the fight and was rushed from MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington DC to the hospital in an ambulance.
“One punch, as you know, can change a whole guy’s life. And I wasn’t going to let that happen,” McGirt said in an interview shortly after the fight. “I’d rather them be mad at me for a day or two than to be mad at me for the rest of their life.”
Dadashev was placed in a medically induced coma after a 2-hour surgery early Saturday morning. A portion of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling caused by a brain bleed, ESPN reported.
His doctors informed his team that Dadashev showed signs of severe brain damage, but also explained that the full extent of his injuries could not be made until the swelling subsided.
On Tuesday, Buddy McGirt and Donatas Janusevicius, his strength and conditioning coach, told ESPN that Dadashev had died.
“It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,” McGirt told ESPN. “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,
“He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.”
McGirt praised Dadashev’s dedication and work ethic.
“Great, great guy. He was a trainer’s dream,” McGirt said. “If I had two more guys like him, I wouldn’t need anybody else because he was truly dedicated to the sport.”
Dadashev began boxing at the age of 10. He was a promising prospect, who was ranked No. 10 on the ESPN top prospect list in 2017.
He had an amazing amateur career in which he went 281-20.
He was a silver medalist at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
In 2010 and 2012, he won the bronze medal at the Russian amateur championships and he won a silver medal in 2013 in the same tournament.
Dadashev, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, is survived by his wife and son.
Rest In Peace, Maxim Dadashev.
~ The Fighting Voice ~