Patrick Day 1992-2019
Four days after being knocked out by Charles Conwell and being hospitalized for the injuries he suffered, Patrick Day passed away in a Chicago hospital at the age of 27,
Day and Conwell were a fight on the undercard of DAZN broadcast of Oleksander Usyk’s heavyweight debut inside the Wintrust Arena, and the streaming network confirmed the Olympic alternate’s passing on Wednesday evening.
Day was overmatched in his fight against Conwell, knocked down numerous times, then was knocked out with two overhand rights and a left hook. The force of the punches send Day down and having his head bounce off the canvas.
The fighter was then rushed out of the ring on a stretcher to a local hospital. Due to the brain trauma Day suffered several seizures between the arena and the hospital, and then placed in a medically-induced coma to facilitate emergency brain surgery.
“Dear Patrick Day,” Conwell wrote a day before Day’s passing on social media.
“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,” he wrote.
“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 that’s 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 joins Maxim Dadashev as the second pro fighter to pass away this year due to traumatic brain injuries suffered from a knockout loss.
We at FIGHT SPORTS pass our condolences to the Day family in this time of tragedy and sadness.