Tragedy has hit the boxing fraternity after Junior Middleweight boxer, Patrick Day, died after suffering multiple injuries to the brain following his knockout loss to Charles Conwell on Saturday night in Chicago.
Day was knocked out in the 10th round of his welterweight bout with Conwell on Saturday and immediately the referee noticed he was unconscious, he called for paramedics who rushed him to North Western memorial hospital in Chicago were he had been in a coma.
Promoter Lou DiBella confirmed Day had died on Wednesday “surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team”.
He was a son, brother, and good friend to many,” said a statement.
“Pat’s kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met.”
Day was taken from the ring on a stretcher after the conclusion of the fight on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight victory over Chazz Witherspoon in the US.
“Patrick Day didn’t need to box,” the statement from DiBella Entertainment continued. “He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living.
“He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”