Junior welterweight Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday morning after suffering brain injuries that he got in an 11th-round knockout loss to Subriel Matias on Friday at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The 28-year-olds death was confirmed by Donatas Janusevicius, Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach and trainer McGirt confirmed the boxers death to ESPN.
“He was ready. But it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man,” McGirt told ESPN. A hospital spokeswoman issued a statement on behalf of Dadashev’s widow, Elizaveta Apushkina.
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev,” she said. “He was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue be raised to be a great man like his father. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days. I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time.”