Maxim Dadashev's death on Tuesday morning shocked the boxing world. The 28-year-old was pulled from his fight against Subriel Matias on Friday, but he succumbed to the injuries he sustained after he was hospitalized, passing away early in the day.
In wake of Dadashev's death, his trainer Buddy McGirt, who has been praised for throwing in the towel in an attempt to protect Dadashev, opened up on the situation.
“It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,” McGirt 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?"
Dadashev had taken a beating during the fight, but he seemed eager to get back into things. McGirt, to his credit, wasn't having it, forcing his fighter to back down in the 11th round.
This video of Buddy McGirt urging Maxim Dadashev to stop fighting was hard to watch Friday, it’s even harder now. Heart-breaking. pic.twitter.com/BNjsdpJfle— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 23, 2019
"I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner (after the 11th round), my mind was already made up...I wasn’t going to let him go out there."
McGirt did everything he could to avert catastrophe. He pulled his fighter when he knew something was up, but it just wasn't enough.
It's a tough day for the boxing world and an even tougher one for the friends, family and colleagues of Dadashev. Even when McGirt did what he knew in his heart was best to keep his fighter healthy, tragedy had its way.