Boxer Patrick Day tragically dies aged 27 just four days after sustaining head injuries in fight against Charles Conwell
- Patrick Day was knocked out in the 10th round of his bout vs Charles Conwell
- He subsequently underwent brain surgery following the fight in Chicago
- The tributes have already flooded in following Wednesday’s tragic news
Boxer Patrick Day has died at the age of 27 after sustaining head injuries in his fight in Chicago on Saturday, promoter Lou DiBella has confirmed.
Day was knocked out in the 10th round of his bout against Charles Conwell, and subsequently underwent brain surgery.
DiBella said in a statement on his website: ‘Patrick Day passed away today, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL.
Patrick Day (left) has tragically died after sustaining head injuries in his fight on Saturday
Day was taken to a hospital after getting knocked out in the 10th round by Charles Conwell
‘He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins.’
Day had previously been knocked down twice in the contest before succumbing again to a left hook midway through the 10th round.
He was treated on the canvas for several minutes before being removed from the ring on a stretcher, and underwent surgery that night.
Earlier, Conwell had written an emotional letter on Instagram praying for Day’s recovery and revealing he was considering quitting the sport.
British promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: ‘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.’
Conwell had penned an emotional message on Instagram praying for Day’s recovery
He was treated by a doctor in the ring and then was rushed off on a stretcher by paramedics
Former British boxer Frank Bruno also tweeted: ‘This is very sobering. Sadly, Patrick Day has lost his toughest fight. Like every man who climbs through the ropes chasing the glory, he risked it all.
‘My thoughts & condolences are with his friends and family at this very tough time. May he rest in eternal peace.’
The World Boxing Council tweeted: ‘Rest In Peace. Patrick Day was always kind, happy and an exceptional good man who was outstandingly passionate about boxing.
‘We will always remember you for all of that.’
And finally, the World Boxing Organisation tweeted: ‘The WBO family is heartbroken with the news of the passing of Patrick Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.’
CONWELL’S FULL LETTER TO DAY
This is my last time speaking on the situation because of this being a sensitive topic not only for his family and friends but for myself and the sport of boxing.
Dear Patrick Day,
I never meant for this to happen to you. 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.
I thought about quitting boxing but I know that’s not what you would want I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to but to fight and win a world title because that’s what you wanted and thats what I want so I’ll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time.
With Compassion, Charles Conwell