Russian boxer, Maim Dadashev has died at the young age of just 28. This, apparently after suffering a brain injury, during a fight.
Dadashev was 13-0 heading into his match with Subriel Matias, on Friday. However, the fight was not going his way at all, with Matias being able to land at will, on the Russian. Subsequently. his corner put a stop to the fight in the 11th round, much to the disdain of Dadashev.
Despite these efforts, it appeared to be too late. Dadashev would go on to be seen at Prince George’s Hospital, in Maryland. According to reports, the St. Petersburg native would go on to pass away here, due to brain injuries suffered in the fight.
Dadashev was looking to use his boxing career to earn a U.S. green card. He was well on his way, as the winner of that fight was expected to face the IBF Super-Welterweight Champion. This is a tragic circumstance for the young prospect.
During the fight, there was video captured, in which you could hear Dadashev’s trainer, Buddy McGirt begging him to stop the fight. Despite his cries, Dadashev was still resistant to the idea.
“I’m going to stop the fight. Max, I’m going to stop it. Max, you’re getting hit too much. You’re getting hit too much, Max. Please, Max, please, let me do this, okay? Okay? Look at me. Please.”
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
Additionally, the Secretary-General of the Russian Boxing Federation, Umar Kremlev issued this statement, regarding Dadashev:
“He was our young prospect. We will fully support his family, including financially. We will complete the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this fight, we need to know the truth about what happened. This happens in any sport. I think some human factors intervened, there was some kind of violation.”
Despite the tragic nature of the situation, Maxim Dadashev is not the only combat sports athlete to succumb to brain injuries. This is a serious risk of boxing professionally. Additionally, if you can survive long enough, the effect of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) can be just as bad.
Maxim Dadashev was a hot prospect at junior welterweight. We send our condolences to his friends and family.