The 27-year-old is at least the third professional to die of injuries in a ring since the beginning of 2019.
In critical condition since violent KO. he was killed Saturday night, the American boxer Patrick Day is dead, announced Thursday, October 17 the promoter Lou DiBella. He was 27 years old. He is dead "As a result of the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight" super welterweight against compatriot Charles Conwell.
It's at 10e round that Patrick Day suffered his KO, in the Wintrust Arena of Chicago, after a left hook of his opponent. His head hit the carpet heavily. Manhandled throughout the meeting, he had already wobbled just before on a right of Charles Conwell.
Patrick Day was evacuated unconscious on a stretcher and transported to the Norhtwestern Memorial Hospital in the city, where he then underwent emergency brain surgery. In a coma since then, he was in intensive care.
This fight marked his return to a ring after a defeat in June, in New York, against Carlos Adames, his fourth in 22 fights during his professional career, started in 2013.
Stricter security standards
Patrick Day is at least the third professional boxer to die from injuries in a ring this year.
Argentina's Hugo Santillan died in July after fighting in San Nicolas, just north of Buenos Aires. His death came just two days after the death of Maxim Dadashev of Russia following a brain injury sustained in a fight against Puerto Rican Subriel Matias in northeastern Maryland.
In his statement, DiBella indirectly called on the authorities to adopt stricter security standards around a fight, without going into details.
"It is very difficult to explain or justify the dangers of boxing in such a moment (…). However, the time has come to take action. Although we do not have the answers, we know the many questions to ask and we have the means to respond responsibly, to make boxing safer for all participants. "