A 27-year-old boxer from Long Island lost his final fight and has died days after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a fight.
Junior middleweight Patrick Day, of Freeport, who suffered a 10th-round knockout on Saturday, Oct. 13, died from his injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, his promoter, Lou DiBella, announced. Day had been in a coma and had emergency brain surgery following the fight.
“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," DiBella said in a statement. "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."
Day was knocked down twice in the fourth and eighth rounds before taking a left hook early in the 10th round that knocked him out cold. He was treated by a doctor in the ring before being rushed off on a stretcher to an area hospital.
According to reports, Day suffered a seizure en route to the hospital and he had to be given a breathing tube in the emergency room before he went into a coma.
"During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small," DiBella said in his statement. "In his hometown of Freeport, 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."
DiBella noted that Day won two national titles, the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was an Olympic Team alternative in 2012 before he turned pro in 2013. He later captured the WBC Continental Americas championship in 2017 and IBF Intercontinental championship earlier this year. As recently as June, Day was rated in the top-10 by both the WBC and IBF.
"Patrick Day didn't need to box," DiBella said. "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."
The match was streamed on DAZN, which offered its condolences on Day's death.
"DAZN is incredibly saddened to learn about the passing of Patrick Day," a company spokesman said in a statement. "Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time."
"Pat Day makes any room he is in a better place. Never saw him greet someone without a big smile," DiBella wrote on Twitter. "Life doesn't seem fair sometimes. Please keep Pat in your prayers, thoughts, and hearts."
Charles Conwell, who was the boxer who knocked him out, also asked the public to keep Day in their prayers. In a message on Twitter after he was hospitalized, Conwell wrote: “Praying for you,” and “Keep fighting!
"I never meant for this to happen to you," Conwell wrote on social media. "All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would. No one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can't stop thinking about it myself. I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you."
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