Boxer Maxim Dadashev died on Tuesday from brain injuries that he suffered during his fight against Subriel Matias on Friday night at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. He was 28.
Dadashev took a lot of punishment in this fight, and his trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight following the 11th round.
After the fight, Dadashev needed assistance back to his dressing room. According to ESPN, he collapsed before making it to the dressing room and began vomiting. He was taken from the arena on a stretcher and then was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where he underwent emergency brain surgery for two hours for a subdural hematoma — bleeding on the brain. Doctors hoped to relieve pressure on the right side of his brain, where most of the damage was, with the surgery and placed him in a medically induced coma, to allow time for brain swelling to subside.
Here is a statement from Top Rank and Bob Arum:
“Top Rank is devastated to report that Maxim Dadashev passed away earlier this morning due to injuries sustained during last Friday’s bout. Maxim was a talented fighter inside the ring and a loving husband and father outside the ropes. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum: “Maxim was a terrific young man. We are all saddened and affected by his untimely death.”
After Dadashev’s death was announced, the boxing world reacted on Twitter:
So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in peace 😔
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 23, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Maxim Dadashev – absolutely awful.
The condolences of everybody at Queensberry Promotions are with his family and friends.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) July 23, 2019
Saddened to hear about the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Deepest condolences to his friends & family. RIP pic.twitter.com/ytWlO0tnfx
— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) July 23, 2019
Rest In Peace, Maxim Dadashev. #Boxing is a very unforgiving sport. We can’t make it safe, but we can make it safer. We can also rally to economically help his wife and son. We must take care of our own. This is heartbreaking news.
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) July 23, 2019
RIP Maxim Dadashev.
He passed away from injuries suffered during Friday’s fight, according to trainer Buddy McGirt and Donatas Janusevicius, Dadashev’s strength and conditioning coach.
We join Maxim’s family and friends in grief, support and wish prompt resignation.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) July 23, 2019
With a Saddened Heart I want to send my deepest condolences to the family of Maxim Dadashev who passed away after receiving head trauma in his last fight. Ppl boxing is a tuff sport, we put our lives on the line every single time we step in the ring. RIP my boxing brother 🙏🧡 pic.twitter.com/gLhqzGd5Xw
— Amanda Serrano 🇵🇷 (@Serranosisters) July 23, 2019
This fella Maxim Dadashev was a fighter until his last breath, it’s a brutal cruel sport at times, he died aged 28 after suffering severe brain injuries during his defeat to Subriel Matias on Friday. May god rest his soul #RIPChamp pic.twitter.com/YY0ZajAceJ
— Anthony Fowler (@afowler06) July 23, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news today of Maxim Dadashev’s passing. PBC sends its condolences and prayers to Dadashev’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/5T9CmgiEU3
— PBC (@premierboxing) July 23, 2019
Everytime fighters step in the ring they are risking their lives.MaximDadashev had goals and a dream just like the rest of us.He died cause there was no quit in him, because he believed in not giving up on his dream just cause things got tough.He gave everything #RIPMaximDadashev
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) July 23, 2019
The WBO family is saddened by the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/aCROwS5t3c
— WBO (@WorldBoxingOrg) July 23, 2019
Golden Boy sends its prayers and condolences to the family of Maxim Dadashev, who passed away at the age of 28. We are deeply saddened by his loss. RIP.
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) July 23, 2019
The spirit of a fighter knows no stop. It lives beyond a fight’s end and a referees call. Me and my family, and all the boxing family, send our prayers and thoughts to Maxim Dadashev and his family.
— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) July 23, 2019
🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 day in boxing. I would like them to do a 10 count at my fight for him. Rest Easy https://t.co/ecsI8r8WyW
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) July 23, 2019
Wow my heart heavy right now. I remember walking to the gas station with Maxim after he weighed in for one of his fights. Pray for his family to have strength in these tuff times because he was a good dude. RIP
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) July 23, 2019
Didn’t know him personally, but I respected what he was fighting for. He wanted to bring his family to the states for a better life, and I fully respect that. Sadly his life was cut short, and I can only imagine what his loved ones are going through. My condolences to his family pic.twitter.com/61vtLFQdKz
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) July 23, 2019
Photo: Mikey Wiliams/Top Rank