American boxer, Patrick Day has lost his life after suffering a trauma to the head following his fight with Charles Conwell on Saturday. Patrick Day was immediately transported to the hospital after the bout with Charles Conwell at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena on Saturday CBS SPORTS reports.
Patrick Day’s promoter, Dibella stated that: “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.”
His opponent on the night, Conwell (11-0, 8 KOs), a 21-year-old top prospect from Cleveland a 2016 U.S. Olympian, shared an open letter on his Instagram account on Sunday regarding his concern for Day and the emotional turmoil the fight had placed upon him.
‘If I could take it all back, I would. 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.
‘I can’t stop thinking about it myself. I prayed for you so many times and shed so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel.
‘I see you everywhere you 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.’
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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. #ChampPatrickDay With Compassion, Charles Conwell
Day (17-4-1, 6 KOs) stayed down on the canvas for several minutes after a barrage of punches led to the stoppage. He remained unconscious and suffered seizures on his way to the ambulance before being rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After surgery, he remained in critical condition in a coma caused by his injuries.
A highly decorated amateur, Day won two national titles and the New York Golden Gloves tournament before becoming a U.S Olympic alternate in 2012. He turned pro the following year and was rated in the top 10 at 154 pounds by both the WBC and IBF before a June decision loss to unbeaten Carlos Adames.
A fixture in the greater New York boxing community, Day earned an Associate’s Degree in food and nutrition from Nassau Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in health and wellness from Kaplan University.
“Patrick Day didn’t need to box. He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living,” a statement from DiBella Entertainment read. “He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks 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.”