A Russian boxer died four days after suffering a brain bleed following a brutal fight against a Puerto Rican opponent in Maryland.
Maxim Dadashev, 28, underwent surgery to remove the right side of his skull after the fight on Friday but passed away on Tuesday morning.
He 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.
Dadashev – nicknamed Mad Max – took repeated blows to the head before his trainer, Buddy McGirt, halted the bout following the 11th round.
Donatas Janusevicius, Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach, and his trainer confirmed the news on Tuesday.
Maxim Dadashev ,28, died four days after suffering a brain bleed following a brutal match against a Puerto Rican opponent in Maryland. He is pictured receiving attention in his corner after his trainer Buddy McGirt called a halt to the fight after the 11th round
He was left in a medically induced coma after suffering a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican fighter Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor
Janusevicius had been with Dadashev at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, since Friday when he was rushed after the fight.
McGirt told ESPN on Tuesday: ‘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 praised the St. Petersburg fighter, who was previously undefeated, for his dedication to boxing 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.’
Matias was ahead on the scorecards following the 11th round when his trainer put a halt to the fight, knowing that something was wrong when Dadashev was perched on a stool. The two fighters are pictured during the tenth round of their welterweight world title fight
Trainer Buddy McGirt is seen urging Maxim Dadashev to let him halt the fight after he suffered repeated heavy blows during the fight at MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington
Dadashev’s condition rapidly deteriorated and he started to vomit and lose consciousness
The Russian Boxing Federation says it has opened an investigation into the death of Dadashev.
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.
Matias was ahead on the scorecards following the 11th round when McGirt put a halt to the fight, knowing that something was wrong when Dadashev was perched on a stool.
In distressing footage uploaded on Twitter during the fight, McGirt had told Dadashev, ‘I’m going to stop it, Max. Max, you’re getting hit too much.’
The fighter shook his head to indicate he did not want the fight stopped, but McGirt kept at it: ‘Please, Max, please. Let me do this. OK? OK? Look at me. Please.’
Dadashev again shook his head McGirt said: ‘If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please.’
He then called the ringside physician to assess him and informed the referee that Dadashev was out.
‘I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner [after the 11th round], my mind was already made up,’ McGirt told ESPN.
‘I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.’
Dadshev is pictured looking dazed as he returns to his corner after the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title
His team used ice packs to reduce swelling to his head directly after the fight but his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly
Dadashev, who is married with a son, was considered one of the sport’s rising stars before Friday’s fight.
His wife rushed from St Petersburg to be by her husband’s side and was due to arrive Monday Night.
His ex-coach Ruslan Dotdaev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper after the fight: ‘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.
‘She is in touch with the family, and she will tell them the news as soon she knows more about Maxim’s condition.’
Dadashev – nicknamed Mad Max – took repeated blows to the head against Subriel Matias
Subriel Matias is seen after Maxim Dadashev’s corner threw in the towel after the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight
The couple have a son aged two and a half. Dotdaev had 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.’
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’.
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.
His condition rapidly ‘deteriorated’ and his wife had traveled to Russia to be at his side
The couple, who are based in St Petersburg in Russia, have a son aged two and a half
‘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 manager added: ‘Right now, he’s in critical condition, but the doctor told me that he’s stable.’
Famous coach Abror Tursunpultanov, who knew the boxer, said: ‘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.’
Russian sports doctor Denis Olisov had 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.
Dadashev, who is married with a son, was considered one of the sport’s bright young stars before Friday’s fight
‘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 manager Egis 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.’
‘He had one hell of a fight,’ said McGirt. ‘Tough fight, tough fight; took a lot of tough body shots.
Matias told reporters after the fight: ‘I just hope that Maxim is all right… He is a great fighter and a warrior. ‘