By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Day suffered a brain injury in his last fight. Shortly afterwards, the New York native went into a coma on Saturday.
Day was defeated by Charles Conwell in the October 12th fight at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The match was for the USBA Super Welterweight Title.
Conwell knocked out Day in the 10th round.
“Patrick Day didn’t need to box,” Promoter Lou DiBella said to Bad Left Hook. “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 wants 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.”
Day’s death is the first death since Boris Stanchov died on Sept. 21st. Initial reports suggested that Isus Velichkov collapsed during his bout with Ardit Murja after suffering a cardiac arrest.
However, later, it was revealed that Stanchov was the one, who passed away, after using the boxing license of his cousin. Stanchov reportedly was fighting under Velichkov’s name for the past year, according to Bad Left Hook.
Stanchov was hit with a jab in the fifth round in Albania by Murja. He was wobbly before falling to the canvas. The referee then waved off the bout, before the referee, along with the medical teams, rushed into the ring in an attempt to save the boxer.
Day is the fourth boxing death in 2019. Maxim Dadashev died in July after suffering a cerebral edema following a hit to the head.
Nearly one week later after Dadashev’s death, Hugo Alfredo “Dinamita” Santillan died following his July 20th fight against Eduardo Javier Abreu. Santillan passed out as the announcer was announcing the judges decisions.
He had swelling in the brain and then kidney failure. He underwent surgery for a clot in his brain, according to reports, and had cardiorespiratory failure before his death of cardiac arrest.
Day passed away with a 17-4-1 boxing record, including back-to-back losses to end his career. He also had six knockouts.
His last win came on February 2nd, 2019 when he defeated Ismail Iliev at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. He won the World Boxing Council Continental Americas Super Welterweight Title.