Boxer Patrick Day, 27, dies after suffering head injury in fight

Boxer Patrick Day has tragically died at the age of 27 after suffering a head injury in his fight with Charles Conwell.

The American was hospitalised on Sunday after being knocked out by his 21-year-old opponent at Chicago's Wintrust Arena.

Day required medical attention in the ring and was fitted with a neck brace and oxygen mask before being taken away on a stretcher.

The super welterweight, a two-time golden gloves champion, was put in a medically induced coma by doctors after the 10th round knockout, but tragically passed away on Wednesday.

Tributes have come flooding in for the fighter, with his promoter Lou DiBella confirming Day had died "surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team."

He followed this up with a statement reading: "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.

"During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small.

"In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, 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."

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has also paid tribute, tweeting: "Devastated to hear the news of the passing of Patrick Day.

"I met him for the first time last Thursday,what a charming young man with a dream and a smile that lit up the room.

"Our deepest prayers are with his family, his trainer Joe Higgins, Charles Conwell and promoter Lou DiBella."

Day was knocked down twice by Conwell in the fourth and eighth rounds before finally knocking him out in the tenth.

The 27-year-old was immediately taken to hospital and suffered seizures en route.

After the knockout, DiBella entertainment said in a statement: "Patrick Day suffered a traumatic brain injury during his bout on Saturday night.

"He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.


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