Boxer Patrick Day has passed away from brain injuries sustained during a brutal knockout fight on Saturday, reports TMZ. He was 27.
Day faced off against boxer Charles Cromwell, 21, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, where he was knocked down three times during the bout.
He didn’t get up from the third knockout, his head bouncing violently against the canvas when he crumpled to the ground. As Cromwell was declared the winner, Day was removed from the ring on a stretcher.
According to TMZ, Day suffered a seizure after the fight and then fell into a coma before undergoing emergency brain surgery.
Day was pronounced dead on Wednesday due to the “traumatic brain injury” he suffered during the fight.
Day’s promoter, Lou DiBella, issued a statement honouring the late athlete.
“He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat’s kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met,” wrote DiBella.
“Patrick Day didn’t need to box,” added DiBella. “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… Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels.”