Junior middleweight Patrick Day, who suffered a brutal 10th-round knockout loss on Saturday night, died from brain injuries on Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he was rushed immediately following the fight, promoter Lou DiBella said. Day was 27.
Day, of Freeport, New York, was knocked down by right hands in the fourth and eighth rounds by unbeaten Charles Conwell, a 21-year-old blue chip prospect from Cleveland and a 2016 U.S. Olympian, in the scheduled 10-round fight on the Oleksandr Usyk-Chazz Witherspoon undercard at Wintrust Arena.
Although Conwell was clearly winning the fight, Day was competitive in many of the rounds. However, in the 10th round, Conwell landed two rights and a left hook that knocked Day out cold. When Day went down the back of his head slammed onto the canvas very hard and referee Celestino Ruiz immediately stopped the bout without a count at 1 minute, 46 seconds.
Day was immediately surrounded by medical personnel and within minutes was taken out of the ring on a stretcher and to an ambulance to be taken to the hospital.
Day, who was a well-liked figure throughout the boxing community, never regained consciousness. At one point he had a seizure and then lapsed into a coma before undergoing emergency brain surgery.
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