Boxer Dadashev Dies From Fight Injuries Suffered Against Subriel Matias

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Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died at the age of 28 following injuries suffered in his IBF light-welterweight fight against Subriel Matias.

Dadashev, who had been placed in a medically-induced coma following defeat to Puerto Rican Subriel Matias, had undergone surgery in Maryland for bleeding on the brain.

Donatas Janusevicius — Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach — and trainer Buddy McGirt confirmed Dadashev’s death. Janusevicius had been with Dadashev at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, since he was taken there after the fight.

“It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,” McGirt told ESPN. “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.”

Secretary general Umar Kremlev suggested there was “some kind of violation”, adding in a statement: “We lost Maxim Dadashev. He was our young prospect.

“We will fully support his family, including financially. We will complete the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this fight, we need to know the truth about what happened.

“This happens in any sport. I think some human factors intervened, there was some kind of violation.”

Dadashev faced Matias in a 140-pound world title elimination fight for the right to become the mandatory challenger for the belt held by Josh Taylor.

“Maxim was a terrific young man,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Dadashev’s promoter, said in a statement. “We are all saddened and affected by his untimely death.”

British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn added: “So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in peace.”

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