The boxing community mourned the death of Maxim Dadashev, 28, of Russia on July 23, 2019. On July 19, 2019, the Russian boxer fought Subriel Matias, 27, of Puerto Rico in an International Boxing Federation light welterweight title elimination bout at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States.
At the end of the 11th round, Dadashev’s trainer Buddy McGirt asked referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest giving Matias the victory via referee technical decision. The Russian boxer collapsed on his way to his dressing room and was rushed to Prince George’s Hospital Center of the University of Maryland in Cheverly, Maryland.
Diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, Dadashev underwent emergency surgery and was placed in induced coma. Unfortunately, his condition exacerbated and he died in the hospital.
“It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,” McGirt told ESPN. “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?” the trainer continued. “But at the end of the day, everything was fine. He seemed okay. He was ready but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.”
Dadashev was managed by Egis Klimas. The manager took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late Russian boxer, his widow Elizaveta Apushkina and their son.
On July 25, 2019, the boxing community was shocked again by the death of another boxer. On July 20, 2019, Hugo Santillan, 23, of Argentina challenged World Boxing Council Latino Silver Light Champion Eduardo Javier “Dinamita” Abreu, 30, of Uruguay at the Club Atlético San Nicolás in San Nicolas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After 10 rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. While the decision, which was a draw, was being announced, Santillan passed out and was taken to Hospital Agudos San Felipe in San Nicolás.
Santillan never regained consciousness. After undergoing surgery for a clot in his brain and going into cardiorespiratory failure twice, the Argentinian boxer died of cardiac arrest.
“Upon admission to the hospital, he had successive kidney failure and he did not come out of his coma,” The Guardian quoted Dr. Graciela Olocco of Hospital Agudos San Felipe as saying of Santillan. “He had swelling of his brain and he never recovered consciousness. The swelling continued to worsen and it affected the functioning of the rest of his organs.”
Here is a clip from Santillan’s final moment in the ring: