American boxer Patrick Day died at just 27 years old, four days after Charles Cowell's brutal knockout loss.
Day went into a coma on Sunday (AEDT) after being knocked out in the 10th round of the super lightweight fight in Chicago. He never regained consciousness.
Promoter Lu DiBella confirmed Thursday's Day Passage "with the deepest sadness", saying the fighter was "surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team".
"He was the son, brother and good friend of many," DiBela Entertainment said in a statement.
"Pat's impatience, positivity and generosity left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
"Patrick Day didn't have to box. He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, he had good values and he had other opportunities available to earn a living.
"He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when entering a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat wanted to do. It's how he inspired people and that was something that made him feel alive. "
The day had been broken twice before the match, before it again hit the left hook of the 10th round. He was treated on the canvas for a few minutes before being removed from the stretcher ring and then underwent surgery that night.
Convell, 21, wrote an emotional letter to Day after it became clear that his head injuries were severe.
"I never wanted this to happen to you, all I wanted to do was win," wrote Convell.
"If I could bring it back, no one deserved it."
Dibella has called on boxing to improve its security measures following the tragedy.
"It is becoming very difficult to explain or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this. This is not the time when editors or sayings are appropriate, or answers are readily available, "his statement said.
"Still, it's time for a call to action. Unless we have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to answer responsibly and appropriately and to make boxing safer for all who participate. This is a way we can respect the legacy of Pat Day. "
HIGH DEVELOPMENT REPORT
Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to a traumatic brain injury he sustained in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrast Concert in Chicago, IL. He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer oeo Higgins. On behalf of Patrick's family, the 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 evident since his injury.
Prior to setting himself up as a world-class professional fighter, Pat was a highly decorated amateur. He won two Nationals titles, the Golden Gloves Tournament in New York and was an alternate Olympic team, all in 2012. Day turned 2013 and surpassed early career fights to become a world super lightweight contender. He captured the WBC Intercontinental Championships in 2017 and the IBF Intercontinental Championships in 2019. In June 2019, he was rated in the top-10 by both the WBC and the IBF.
He was also a dedicated student college, earning an associate degree in food and nutrition from the Nassau Community College and, subsequently, a health and health degree from Kaplan University. He was the son, brother, and good friend of many. Pat's impatience, positivity, and generosity left a lasting impression on everyone he met. During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to influence many communities, large and small. In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a bright light and star pupil of Freeport PAL, a gym he trained in from the moment he started boxing to the final period of his career. For years he has been recognized as one of the longest professional fighters on Long Island. He competed in the boxing community throughout New York. Patrick was known even in Japan, who visited him to pair with his friend and colleague, world champion Riot Murata.
Patrick's Day was not to be boxed. He comes from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other opportunities available to earn a living. He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that each fighter faces when he enters boxing. Boxing is what Pat wanted to do. It's how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.
It becomes very difficult to explain or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this. This is not the time when editors or sayings are appropriate, or answers are available. However, it is time for a call to action. Unless we have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to answer responsibly and appropriately and to make boxing safer for everyone involved. This is a way we can honor the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick's 27 years, wondering whether they have made a difference or had a positive impact on their world. This was not the case for Patrick's Day when he left us. Rest in peace and power, Path, with the angels.