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American Boxer, Patrick Day, Dies After Suffering Brain Injury

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

American boxer, Patrick Day, has died following a traumatic brain injury he suffered during a fight against Charles Conwell.

The 27-year-old was put into a coma on Saturday after he was knocked out in the 10th round of his super welterweight bout in Chicago.

But he didn't make it out alive and was confirmed dead on Wednesday by his promoter, Lou DiBella, in a statement that read in part:

"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.

"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 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 honour the legacy of Pat Day."

Day was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after he was knocked out by Conwell in their bout following the treatment given by a doctor inside the ring before he was stretchered by paramedics.

The New Yorker was then transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he had immediate brain surgery that left him in an extremely critical condition for the next few days before his death was confirmed on Wednesday.

There has been an outpouring of grief throughout the boxing fraternity, with several top personalities expressing their deepest grief.