Patrick Day dead: 27-year-old boxer dies after suffering head injury in Charles Conwell fight


 Boxer Patrick Day has tragically died at the age of 27 after suffering a head injury in his fight with Charles Conwell  The American was hospitalised on Sunday after being knocked out by his 21-year-old opponent at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena  Day required medical attention in the ring and was fitted with a neck brace and oxygen mask before being taken away on a stretcher  The super welterweight, a two-time golden gloves champion, was put in a medically induced coma by doctors after the 10th round knockout, but tragically passed away on Wednesday  Tributes have come flooding in for the fighter, with his promoter Lou DiBella confirming Day had died “surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team ”  He followed this up with a statement reading: “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  “During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small  “In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a beacon of light and the star pupil at the Freeport PAL, the gym he trained in from the moment he began boxing until the last bout of his career  “He was recognized as one of Long Island’s finest professional fighters for years He was a fixture in the boxing community throughout New York City.”  The statement added: “Boxing is what Pat loved to do It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”  Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has also paid tribute, tweeting: “Devastated to hear the news of the passing of Patrick Day  “I met him for the first time last Thursday,what a charming young man with a dream and a smile that lit up the room  “Our deepest prayers are with his family, his trainer Joe Higgins, Charles Conwell and promoter Lou DiBella ”  Day was knocked down twice by Conwell in the fourth and eighth rounds before the fight ended in the 10th  The 27-year-old was immediately taken to hospital and reportedly suffered seizures en route  After the knockout, DiBella entertainment said in a statement: “Patrick Day suffered a traumatic brain injury during his bout on Saturday night  “He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial hospital where he underwent emergency surgery  “As of Sunday evening, Patrick is in a coma caused by the injury and is in extremely critical condition  “On behalf of Patrick’s team, we appreciate the outpouring of support, prayers, and offers of assistance from all corners of the boxing community ” Full statement from DiBella entertainment  Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins  On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury  Before establishing himself as a world class professional fighter, Pat was a highly decorated amateur He won two Nationals titles, the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was an Olympic Team alternate, all in 2012 Day turned pro in 2013 and overcame early career struggles to become a world-rated super welterweight contender  He captured the WBC Continental Americas championship in 2017 and the IBF Intercontinental championship in 2019 In June 2019, he was rated in the top-10 by both the WBC and IBF.  He was also a dedicated college student, having earned an Associate’s degree in Food and Nutrition from Nassau Community College and, subsequently, a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Kaplan University 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 During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small  In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a beacon of light and the star pupil at the Freeport PAL, the gym he trained in from the moment he began boxing until the last bout of his career He was recognized as one of Long Island’s finest professional fighters for years He was a fixture in the boxing community throughout New York City. Patrick was even known in Japan, which he visited to spar with his friend and colleague, world champion Ryota Murata  Patrick Day didn’t need to box. 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  It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available It is, however, a time for a call to action. While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate  This is a way we can honor the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick’s 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world  This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us. Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels

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