American boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday, October 16, four days after he was knocked out during his bout with Charles Conwell on Saturday night in Chicago.
According to a statement from his promoter, Lou Dibella, the 27-year-old boxer succumbed to a brain injury he suffered that night,
“He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins,” DiBella said in a statement.
“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury.”
In a Twitter post addressed to Day on Tuesday October 15, Conwell wrote he “never meant this to happen to you.”
“All I wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back, I would,” Conwell wrote.
“No one deserves 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.”
Day was a decorated amarteur before he turned professional.