By Keith Idec
Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday from brain damage suffered during a technical knockout loss Friday night.
Russia’s Dadashev was 28.
Buddy McGirt, Dadashev’s trainer, and Donatas Janusevicius, his strength and conditioning coach, confirmed Dadashev’s death to ESPN.com on Tuesday morning.
Dadashev had remained in a medically induced coma since early Saturday morning, after he underwent a two-hour emergency surgery to relieve severe swelling on his brain. He suffered a subdural hemotoma, bleeding on the brain, during a technical-knockout defeat to Subriel Matias in an IBF junior welterweight elimination match ESPN televised from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
ESPN.com reported that the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure on Dadashev told his manager, Egis Klimas, on Saturday that the fallen fighter had suffered severe brain damage.
McGirt stopped what had become a one-sided fight following the 11th round Friday night because he felt Dadashev had taken too many punches. Dadashev walked out of the ring on his own, but he soon stumbled and began vomiting into a bucket.
He was taken from the arena on a stretcher. Dadashev then was rushed to nearby UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, where he had surgery.
Dadashev, who was promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., was unbeaten before Puerto Rico’s Matias (14-0, 14 KOs) defeated him. The St. Petersburg, Russia, native went 13-1, including 11 knockouts, in a three-year pro career that began in April 2016.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.