The boxing world has been brought to its knees once again. A fighter has had his life taken from him far too soon. Patrick Day, who was hospitalized after a knockout defeat to Charles Conwell Saturday night in Chicago, died Wednesday.
He was 27 years old.
Day suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the fight and ended up in a coma. The Long Island native was described as being in "extremely critical condition" earlier this week before succumbing to his profound injuries.
The tragedy comes less than three months after the death of boxer Maxim Dadashev, who suffered a fatal brain injury following a bout in Las Vegas.
Day's manager, Lou DiBella, has released a statement following the confirmation of the fighter's passing.
"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... Pat's kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met. During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small. In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a beacon of light and the star pupil at the Freeport PAL, the gym he trained in from the moment he began boxing until the last bout of his career."
Our thoughts are with Patrick's family and loved ones at this most difficult of times.