A Russian boxer has passed away after the right side of his skull was removed by surgeons following serious head injuries in a major fight.
Maxim Dadashev, 28, was left in a medically induced coma after suffering a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington on Friday.
Dadashev – nicknamed Mad Max – took repeated violent blows to the head before his trainer Buddy McGirt halted the bout following the 11th round.
Maxim Dadashev was left in a medically-induced coma after suffering a dubdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington
A Russian boxer has ‘died from his injuries’ after the ‘right side of his skull’ was removed
Maxim Dadashev was left in a medically induced coma after a bout in the United States
He struggled to walk out of the ring and collapsed in front of spectators before leaving arena
Donatas Janusevicius, Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach, and trainer Buddy McGirt confirmed the tragic news on Tuesday.
Janusevicius had been with Dadashev at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland since Friday when he was rushed there after the fight.
McGirt told ESPN: ‘ It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man.
‘He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing. My mind is like really running crazy right now. Like, what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine [in training].
‘He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.’
He described the Moscow-born fighter for his dedication to the sport and claimed he was a ‘great guy.’
He added: ‘He was a trainer’s dream. If I had two more guys like him, I wouldn’t need anybody else because he was truly dedicated to the sport.’
Dadeshev had struggled to walk out of the ring and collapsed in front of spectators before leaving the arena.
His condition rapidly deteriorated and he started to vomit and lose consciousness.
He was later rushed to hospital in Washington where part of his skull was removed to relieve swelling in his brain during emergency surgery.
He had suffered extensive bleeding and was was said to be showing signs of severe brain damage.
Promoter Eddie Hearn paid tribute to ‘Mad Max’, tweeting: ‘So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in peace’.
Dadashev – nicknamed Mad Max – took repeated blows to the head against Subriel Matias
His manager Egis Klimas, speaking after he was admitted to hospital, said: ‘Dadashev experienced brain swelling, so the right side of his skull was removed.
‘Within the next couple of days the swelling should decrease. Let’s hope that the part of the skull will be put back in place.
‘The doctor says that Max may come back to normal life.’
The manager added: ‘Right now, he’s in critical condition, but the doctor told me that he’s stable.’
His condition rapidly ‘deteriorated’ and his wife had rushed to his bedside
Famous coach Abror Tursunpultanov, who knows the boxer, said: ‘I am praying for Max… I just saw the news in my phone and got terrified… I have spoken to Max’s physical development coach and he told me that a good experienced doctor performed skull trepanation on Dadashev.
‘This surgeon had operated two casualties with the same trauma before and they both later got back to normal life.’
Dadashev’s wife rushed from St Petersburg to be her with husband.
His ex-coach Ruslan Dotdaev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: ‘His mother and brother live in St Petersburg.
‘His father died a year ago. His wife is already on the way to Washington to be with him.
The couple, who are based in St Petersburg in Russia, have a son aged two and a half
‘She is in touch with the family, and she will tell them the news as soon she knows more about Maxim’s condition.’
The couple have a son aged two and a half.
But Dotdaev said: ‘He is a person with a very strong will, it is hard to choose the right words for it.
‘He is a man with a huge heart, with strong wishes and intentions. In such moments, the self-preservation instinct does not work.
‘Maxim was ready to fight to the end, dismissing all dangers. It is very hard to accept what happened to him.’
The 28-year-old lightweight fighter suffered a subdural haematoma due to the blows
Russian sports doctor Denis Olisov said: ‘It is difficult to make forecasts in this case. We need to understand that skull trepanation itself is the breakage of scalp at the very least, and time is needed for bones to restore.
‘We are talking about a three to six month months period. Besides, the state of swelling is not clear, nor what parts of the brain was affected.
‘So it is not clear what functions may be affected in the future…’
Dadashev – like his foe Matias, aged 27 – had gone into the fight undefeated.
He took a succession of heavy blows in the 10th and 11th rounds of the International Boxing Federation bout.
‘We knew [Matias] was a puncher,’ said Klimas. ‘He fought, and he was tough.
‘He put a lot of pressure on Max, and [Dadashev] was going back and back and back and back, but he was fighting back.’
His trainer decided to call an end to the fight after the 11th round on Saturday night
‘He had one hell of a fight,’ said McGirt. ‘Tough fight, tough fight; took a lot of tough body shots.
‘I just think it was time to stop it. He was getting hit with too many shots. I said to him, “I’m stopping it.” He said, “No, don’t”.’
The brain operation was performed by Neurosurgeon Mary I.H. Cobb, according to reports in the US.
She reportedly told Klimas: ‘I wouldn’t give up on him.’
Matias told reporters after the fight: ‘I just hope that Maxim is all right… He is a great fighter and a warrior. ‘