Russian junior welterweight boxer Maxim Dadashev died as a result of injuries sustained during his fight against Subriel Matias on Friday night.
The tragic news follows that Dadashev was put into a medical coma after having undergone brain surgery after the fight against Matias.
His coach, Buddy McGirt, had thrown in the towel during the eleventh round, and was followed by Dadashev who vomited as he headed for the locker room, leaving the arena on a stretcher.
"God forbid, a punch like you know can change the life of an entire boy and I wouldn't let that happen," McGirt said the following day.
"I'd rather they were angry with me for a day or two, rather than getting mad at me for the rest of their lives."
The words turned out to be tragically portentous, as he discovered he had a hemorrhage on the right side of his brain and discovered that he had suffered severe brain damage.
The lesion was a subdural emotion.
The news of his death was confirmed by McGirt and his strength and conditioning coach, Donatas, Janusevicius.
Dadashev was originally from St. Petersburg and his fight against Puerto Rican Matias was his fourteenth meeting from a career that began in 2014.
The news is particularly heartbreaking given McGirt's care for his fighter.