Russian boxing contender Maxim Dadashev has died from injuries suffered in a Friday night fight in Maryland, according to ESPN.com.
Trainer Buddy McGirt and strength and conditioning coach Donatas Janusevicius confirmed the news to the website. McGirt threw in the towel after the 11th round against Subriel Matias and Dadashev was rushed to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Footage from the fight shows Dadashev shaking his head as McGirt, pleads with him to stop the fight, telling him: “You’re getting hit too much, Max. Please, Max, please let me do this.”
The 28-year-old underwent surgery to relieve a subdural hematoma — a brain bleed — before being placed in a medically induced coma.
Dadashev had to have the right side of his skull removed to try to reduce the swelling.
Both fighters were 13-0 before the fight, which offered the winner the right to challenge IBF title-holder Josh Taylor.