It's sad when a talented fighter perishes before his big break. That is the case for the once undefeated Maxim Dadashev.
The Russian boxer not only suffered his first loss in Washington DC, but also sustained brain injuries in the process.
He died from its complications on Tuesday.
The Russian boxing federation made the announcement saying:
"Maxim Dadashev has died in the United States following injuries sustained during his fight with Subriel Matias."
Huge lossThe 28-year-old was an up and coming lightweight prospect from Russia.
He was coming into the non-title fight with an unbeaten 13-0 record, with all but two of those wins coming by way of stoppage.
The fighter known as "Mad Max" didn't want to stop according to his corner man James "Buddy" McGirt.
His fighter was getting hit with more and more clean shots as the fight went which prompted McGirt to throw in the towel at the 11th round.
Dadashev was unable to walk to the dressing room and was immediately hospitalized.
Henderwent emergency brain surgery in Washington where doctors operated to relieve pressure from swelling on his brain.
Unfortunately, the complications were too severe to be repaired.
There were no signs"He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing. My mind is like really running crazy, right now. Like what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine (in training)," McGirt said.
Barely three years into the business, Dadashev relocated to Southern California in the hopes of furthering his in-ring career. It led to his signing with Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions.
Arum said in a statement he issued that Dadashev as "a terrific young man."
Dadashev was a top five-ranked fighter in two world sanctioning organizations going into Friday's fight. The fight was scheduled to be an elimination bout for Josh Taylor's IBF belt.
Matias dominated Dadashev the entire fight. McGirt could be heard telling Dadashev "I'm going to stop it, Max," after the 11th round.
Dadashev only shook his head.
McGirt still proceeded to tell the referee "That's it."
SportNuz offers all its condolences to the family of Maxim " Mad Max" Dadashev.
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