Boxer Patrick Day has died after suffering serious brain injuries in his defeat against Charles Conwell in Chicago on Saturday.
The American, 27, had been in a coma after being knocked out in the 10th round of his super welterweight clash on an Eddie Hearn card. He passed away on Wednesday evening.
Hearn tweeted: ‘Devastated to hear the news of the passing of Patrick Day. I met him for the first time last Thursday, what a charming young man with a dream and a smile that lit up the room.
‘Our deepest prayers are with his family, his trainer Joe Higgins, Charles Conwell and promoter Lou DiBella.’
A statement from promoter DiBella read: ‘It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this. This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available.
‘It is, however, a time for a call to action. While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate. This is a way we can honour the legacy of Pat Day.’
Day had previously been knocked down twice in the contest before succumbing again to a left hook midway through the 10th round.
He was treated on the canvas for several minutes before being removed from the ring on a stretcher, and underwent surgery that night.
Source: Daily Mail