Junior middleweight boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday at the age of 27 after sustaining a traumatic brain injury from a fight on Saturday night.
Promoter Lou DiBella released a statement on Day’s death.
“Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October, 12, a the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL,” the statement read. “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.”
Day, who was knocked down in the fourth and eighth rounds, was knocked unconscious in the 10th round of his fight against Charles Conwell, an unbeaten U.S. Olympian boxer. The back of Day’s head slammed onto the canvas and he was placed on a stretcher and taken to a hospital within minutes after the fight had ended.
The Long Island, New York native never regained consciousness and lapsed into a coma after undergoing emergency brain surgery.
Day is the fourth boxer to die in the ring this year.
Conwell posted an emotional letter on social media to Day on Monday.
“I never meant for this to happen to you,” he wrote. “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.”
Day had a 17-4-1 record with six knockouts, but entered the fight coming off a loss in a 10-round decision against fellow junior middleweight Carlos Adames on June 28.
Prior to that fight, Day had won six fights in a row dating back to 2015.
Day turned pro in 2013 after winning two national titles and the New York Golden Gloves tournament. He won the World Boxing Council’s Continental Americas championship in 2017 and International Boxing Federation Intercontinental championship earlier in the year.