Boxer dies just days after being knocked out during bout

The boxing world is in mourning today following the tragic death of American boxer Patrick Day.

The 27-year-old died in hospital overnight, just four days after he was knocked out in a super welterweight fight against Charles Conwell in Chicago.

Following the bout, he was stretchered from the ring and rushed to hospital, however never regained consciousness.


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His promoter, Lou DiBella, confirmed in a statement on Thursday morning that Day died after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

“He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins,” the statement reads.

“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury.

“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 Charles Conwell also released an emotional statement, writing “I never meant for this to happen to you.”

“If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them,” Conwell wrote.

“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.”

Conwell said he “thought about quitting boxing” but would instead use Day as his motivation.

“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 that’s 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.”

 

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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

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