Russian boxer’s trainer admits he considered stopping fatal bout two rounds earlier – as video shows him begging dazed his fighter to end fight
Junior welterweight, Maxim Dadashev was repeatedly struck in the head on his way to an 11th round TKO against Subriel Matias in Maryland last week Friday,
Maxim Dadashev, 28, suffered fatal brain bleed in fight with Subriel Matias, 27, last week
Before their IBF elimination fight, both welterweights were undefeated
Dadashev was in an induced coma for four days before succumbing to injury
Trainer Buddy McGirt revealed he thought about ending the fight in the ninth, before finally throwing in the towel at the end of the 11th
He was caught on video begging Dadashev to give up, before ignoring the Russian’s determination to keep going and calling it off
Maxim Dadashev suffered fatal brain bleed in fight with Subriel Matias during which his trainer Buddy McGirt at the end of round 9, was pleadings with Dadashev to throw in the towel
These are the final moments of boxer Maxim Dadashev – in which he was pummeled by his Puerto Rican opponent in the ring before collapsing with a brain bleed which killed him four days later.
Dadashev was pronounced dead Tuesday after suffering a subdural haematoma following his fight on July 19.
The previously undefeated 28-year-old Russian Junior welterweight was repeatedly struck in the head in the 11th round against Subriel Matias in Maryland last week Friday, before trainer Buddy McGirt was caught on camera begging him to throw in the towel.
After watching his fighter stumbling around the ring. It was enough to convince the trainer, it was enough to convince the trainer it was not his fighter’s night, and he pleaded with his charge in between rounds to allow him to stop the fight.
His trainer Buddy McGirt today revealed to ESPN that he first thought about ending the fight in the ninth round, before the further punishment he received in the 10th and 11th rounds made his mind up.
‘I’m gonna stop it… you’re getting hit too much’, McGirt was heard telling his fighter at the end of the 11th round, before he shook his head. ‘Please, Max, let me do this,’ McGirt added before ignoring his fighter’s wishes and telling referees it was over.
The trainer then gave a ringside interview in the belief that he had saved the young fighter’s life, before Dadashev collapsed and vomited on his way to the locker room and was rushed to hospital.
Doctors placed Dadashev in a medically induced coma and removed the right side of his skull to relieve swelling caused by the haematoma [brain bleed], but their efforts ultimately failed and he was pronounced dead Tuesday, four days after the fight.
After he collapsed leaving the ring, Dadashev was kept in a medically induced coma after suffering a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican fighter Subriel Matias at the MGM National Harbor
‘When Matias landed the last shot that sent Dadashev reeling at the end of the 11th I thought “uh oh”, I don’t like the way Dadashev stepped, like he didn’t know where the canvas was.
‘There’s a certain way that fighters react when you think something bad may happen late in a grueling fight and I did get that impression at that moment, but not before that moment.’
He continued: ‘This is just one of those perhaps unavoidable consequences that happens from time to time in an extremely violent, dangerous sport that I love.’
Dadashev’s wife, Elizaveta Apushkina, who had flown to be at his side after the bout, led tributes on Wednesday, saying: ‘My love! You are always in my heart, my soul is tearing apart from pain without you!
‘It is the hardest time in our family.’
In another message issued in the US, the widow said: ‘It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev.
‘He was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue be raised to be a great man like his father.
‘Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days.
‘I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time.’
McGirt led the tributes Tuesday, saying he was shocked at the news of Dadshev’s passing. ‘It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,’ he said.
‘He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing.
‘My mind is like really running crazy right now. Like, what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine [in training].
‘He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.’
Speaking about his decision to end the fight, he said his mind was already made up by the end of the 11th and he was only asking Max out of politeness.
‘I wasn’t going to let him go out there,’ he said.
He praised the St. Petersburg fighter, who was previously undefeated, for his dedication to boxing and claimed he was a ‘great guy.’
He added: ‘He was a trainer’s dream. If I had two more guys like him, I wouldn’t need anybody else because he was truly dedicated to the sport.’
A commentator writing for boxing site BedLeftHook, observed: ‘This fight, while rough, was not demonstrably more brutal than plenty of other fights I’ve seen in recent years, which only makes the untimely passing of Dadashev all the more difficult wrap my mind around.’
Dadeshev had struggled to walk out of the ring and collapsed in front of spectators before leaving the arena. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he started to vomit and lose consciousness.
He was rushed to hospital in Washington where it was discovered that he had suffered extensive bleeding and was was said to be showing signs of severe brain damage.
Part of his skull was removed to relieve swelling in his brain during emergency surgery.
Matias was ahead on the scorecards following the 11th round when McGirt put a halt to the fight, knowing that something was wrong when Dadashev was perched on a stool.
In distressing footage uploaded on Twitter during the fight, McGirt had told Dadashev, ‘I’m going to stop it, Max. Max, you’re getting hit too much.’
The fighter shook his head to indicate he did not want the fight stopped, but McGirt kept at it: ‘Please, Max, please. Let me do this. OK? OK? Look at me. Please.’
Dadashev again shook his head McGirt said: ‘If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please.’
He then called the ringside physician to assess him and informed the referee that Dadashev was out.
‘I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner [after the 11th round], my mind was already made up,’ McGirt told ESPN.
‘I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.’
The Russian Boxing Federation says it has opened an investigation into the death of Dadashev.
Dadashev, who is married with a son, was considered one of the sport’s rising stars before Friday’s fight. His wife, Elizaveta Apushkina, rushed from St Petersburg to be by her husband’s side.
The couple have a son aged two and a half. Dotdaev had said: ‘He is a person with a very strong will, it is hard to choose the right words for it.
‘He is a man with a huge heart, with strong wishes and intentions. In such moments, the self-preservation instinct does not work.
‘Maxim was ready to fight to the end, dismissing all dangers. It is very hard to accept what happened to him.’
Promoter Eddie Hearn paid tribute to ‘Mad Max’, tweeting: ‘So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in peace’.
His manager Egis Klimas, speaking after he was admitted to hospital, said: ‘Dadashev experienced brain swelling, so the right side of his skull was removed.
Famous Russian boxing coach Abror Tursunpultanov, who knew the boxer, said: ‘I just saw the news in my phone and got terrified… I have spoken to Max’s physical development coach and he told me that a good experienced doctor performed skull trepanation on Dadashev.
‘This surgeon had operated two casualties with the same trauma before and they both later got back to normal life.’
Russian sports doctor Denis Olisov had said: ‘It is difficult to make forecasts in this case. We need to understand that skull trepanation itself is the breakage of scalp at the very least, and time is needed for bones to restore.
‘We are talking about a three to six month months period. Besides, the state of swelling is not clear, nor what parts of the brain was affected.
‘So it is not clear what functions may be affected in the future…’
Dadashev, like his 27-year-old opponent Matias, had gone into the fight undefeated.
He took a succession of heavy blows in the 10th and 11th rounds of the International Boxing Federation bout.
‘We knew [Matias] was a puncher,’ said manager Egis Klimas. ‘He fought, and he was tough.
‘He put a lot of pressure on Max, and [Dadashev] was going back and back and back and back, but he was fighting back.’
‘He had one hell of a fight,’ said McGirt. ‘Tough fight, tough fight; took a lot of tough body shots.
After the fight Matias had told reporters: ‘I just hope that Maxim is all right… He is a great fighter and a warrior. ‘