Coach repeatedly pleads with fighter to quit after taking too much damage 1 month ago

Coach repeatedly pleads with fighter to quit after taking too much damage

28-year-old Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died after receiving severe brain injuries during his IBF World Title Elimination fight against Subriel Matiasin in the United States on Friday.

Matiasin was comfortably ahead on the scorecards during the bout when Dadashev's trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight in the 11th round after fearing his fighter had taken too much punishment.

McGirt confirmed his death on Tuesday with ESPN reporting that Dadashev had been taken to UM Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, after the fight.

"I saw he was getting hit with more and more clean shots as the fight went on and I'm saying to myself is this worth it?" McGirt said in his post-fight interview.

"God forbid, one punch, as you well know could change your guy's whole life so I wasn't going to let that happen. I'd rather him be mad at me for a day or two than be mad at me for the rest of their life."

Another video shows the moment McGirt pleads with Dadashev to throw the towel in and stop the fight with the coach repeatedly telling his fighter that he was taking too many shots.

 

"He seemed OK, he was ready, but it's the sport that we're in. It just takes one punch, man."

Tributes from the boxing world poured in for Dadashev who is survived by a wife and son.