These are the final moments of boxer Maxim Dadashev – in which he was pummelled by his Puerto Rican rival in the ring before collapsing with a fatal brain bleed.
The 28-year-old Russian was repeatedly stuck in the head in the 11th round against Subriel Matias in Maryland last week before trainer Buddy McGirt was caught on camera begging him to throw in the towel.
McGirt revealed to ESPN that he first thought about ending the fight in the ninth round, before the 10th and 11th made his mind up.
‘I’m gunna stop it… you’re getting hit too much’, McGirt was heard telling the Russian at the ringside, who shook his head. ‘Please, Max, let me do this,’ McGirt added before ignoring his fighter’s wishes and telling referees it was over.
The trainer then gave a ringside interview in the belief that he had saved the young fighter’s life, before Dadashev collapsed and vomited on his way to the locker room and was rushed to hospital.
Doctors placed Dadashev in a medically induced coma and removed the right side of his skull to relieve swelling caused by a brain bleed, but their efforts ultimately failed and he was pronounced dead Tuesday.
Maxim Dadashev ,28, died four days after suffering a brain bleed following a brutal match against a Puerto Rican opponent in Maryland. He is pictured receiving attention in his corner after his trainer Buddy McGirt called a halt to the fight after the 11th round
He was left in a medically induced coma after suffering a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican fighter Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor
Matias was ahead on the scorecards following the 11th round when his trainer put a halt to the fight, knowing that something was wrong when Dadashev was perched on a stool. The two fighters are pictured during the tenth round of their welterweight world title fight
ESPN’s Max Kellerman, a boxing enthusiast who watched the fight, said he ‘never got the sense’ that it was becoming a dangerous bout until right at the end.
‘When Matias landed the last shot that sent Dadashev reeling at the end of the 11th I thought “uh oh”, I don’t like the way Dadashev stepped, like he didn’t know where the canvas was.
‘There’s a certain way that fighters react when you think something bad may happen late in a gruelling fight and I did get that impression at that moment, but not before that moment.’
He continued: ‘This is just one of those perhaps unavoidable consequences that happens from time to time in an extremely violent, dangerous sport that I love.’
How did Maxim Dudashev die? Boxer suffered a subdural haematoma that swelled his brain after fight
Dadashev was pronounced dead Tuesday after suffering a subdural haematoma following his fight on Friday last week.
A subdural haematoma is a condition where a blood vessel located between the skull and brain – in the subdural space – breaks, causing blood to pool there. It is usually the result of a traumatic head injury.
Because the blood is trapped by the skull it exerts pressure on the brain, causing brain damage.
Symptoms include dizziness, confusion, vomiting and loss of consciousness.
Immediate surgery is required to treat the condition – with holes drilled into the skull to drain the bleed, or a section of the skull removed to relieve the pressure.
Even in cases where the patient survives the initial bleed, recovery can take years, and patients are often left with physical or mental disabilities.
McGirt led the tributes Tuesday, saying he was shocked at the news of Dadshev’s passing. ‘It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,’ he 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? But at the end of the day, everything was fine [in training].
‘He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.’
Speaking about his decision to end the fight, he said his mind was already made up by the end of the 11th and he was only asking Max out of politeness.
‘I wasn’t going to let him go out there,’ he said.
He praised the St. Petersburg fighter, who was previously undefeated, for his dedication to boxing and claimed he was a ‘great guy.’
He added: ‘He was a trainer’s dream. If I had two more guys like him, I wouldn’t need anybody else because he was truly dedicated to the sport.’
Elizaveta Apushkina, Dadashev’s wife who had flown to be at his side after the bout, also paid tribute, saying: ‘My love! You are always in my heart, my soul is tearing apart from pain without you!
‘It is the hardest time in our family.’
‘I can’t believe it! Thank you for 11 years of love! Eleven years of happiness! And a wonderful son! This is all I have left and it will give me the power to live.’
In another message issued in the US, the widow said: “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev.
“He was a very kind person who fought until the very end.
“Our son will continue be raised to be a great man like his father.
“Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days.
“I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time.”
Trainer Buddy McGirt is seen urging Maxim Dadashev to let him halt the fight after he suffered repeated heavy blows during the fight at MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington
Dadashev’s condition rapidly deteriorated and he started to vomit and lose consciousness
Dozens of other prominent boxing commentators praised McGirt for calling off the fight, which had been dominated by Matias.
The Russian Boxing Federation says it has opened an investigation into the death of Dadashev.
Dadeshev had struggled to walk out of the ring and collapsed in front of spectators before leaving the arena. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he started to vomit and lose consciousness.
He was rushed to hospital in Washington where part of his skull was removed to relieve swelling in his brain during emergency surgery.
He had suffered extensive bleeding and was was said to be showing signs of severe brain damage.
Matias was ahead on the scorecards following the 11th round when McGirt put a halt to the fight, knowing that something was wrong when Dadashev was perched on a stool.
In distressing footage uploaded on Twitter during the fight, McGirt had told Dadashev, ‘I’m going to stop it, Max. Max, you’re getting hit too much.’
The fighter shook his head to indicate he did not want the fight stopped, but McGirt kept at it: ‘Please, Max, please. Let me do this. OK? OK? Look at me. Please.’
Dadashev again shook his head McGirt said: ‘If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please.’
Dadshev is pictured looking dazed as he returns to his corner after the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title
His team used ice packs to reduce swelling to his head directly after the fight but his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly
He then called the ringside physician to assess him and informed the referee that Dadashev was out.
‘I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner [after the 11th round], my mind was already made up,’ McGirt told ESPN.
‘I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.’
Dadashev, who is married with a son, was considered one of the sport’s rising stars before Friday’s fight.
His wife rushed from St Petersburg to be by her husband’s side and was due to arrive Monday Night.
His ex-coach Ruslan Dotdaev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper after the fight: ‘His mother and brother live in St Petersburg.
‘His father died a year ago. His wife is already on the way to Washington to be with him.
‘She is in touch with the family, and she will tell them the news as soon she knows more about Maxim’s condition.’
Dadashev – nicknamed Mad Max – took repeated blows to the head against Subriel Matias
Subriel Matias is seen after Maxim Dadashev’s corner threw in the towel after the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight
The couple have a son aged two and a half. Dotdaev had said: ‘He is a person with a very strong will, it is hard to choose the right words for it.
‘He is a man with a huge heart, with strong wishes and intentions. In such moments, the self-preservation instinct does not work.
‘Maxim was ready to fight to the end, dismissing all dangers. It is very hard to accept what happened to him.’
Promoter Eddie Hearn paid tribute to ‘Mad Max’, tweeting: ‘So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in peace’.
His manager Egis Klimas, speaking after he was admitted to hospital, said: ‘Dadashev experienced brain swelling, so the right side of his skull was removed.
His condition rapidly ‘deteriorated’ and his wife had traveled to Russia to be at his side
The couple, who are based in St Petersburg in Russia, have a son aged two and a half
‘Within the next couple of days the swelling should decrease. Let’s hope that the part of the skull will be put back in place.
The manager added: ‘Right now, he’s in critical condition, but the doctor told me that he’s stable.’
Famous coach Abror Tursunpultanov, who knew the boxer, said: ‘I just saw the news in my phone and got terrified… I have spoken to Max’s physical development coach and he told me that a good experienced doctor performed skull trepanation on Dadashev.
‘This surgeon had operated two casualties with the same trauma before and they both later got back to normal life.’
Russian sports doctor Denis Olisov had said: ‘It is difficult to make forecasts in this case. We need to understand that skull trepanation itself is the breakage of scalp at the very least, and time is needed for bones to restore.
Dadashev, who is married with a son, was considered one of the sport’s bright young stars before Friday’s fight
‘We are talking about a three to six month months period. Besides, the state of swelling is not clear, nor what parts of the brain was affected.
‘So it is not clear what functions may be affected in the future…’
Dadashev – like his foe Matias, aged 27 – had gone into the fight undefeated.
He took a succession of heavy blows in the 10th and 11th rounds of the International Boxing Federation bout.
‘We knew [Matias] was a puncher,’ said manager Egis Klimas. ‘He fought, and he was tough.
‘He put a lot of pressure on Max, and [Dadashev] was going back and back and back and back, but he was fighting back.’
‘He had one hell of a fight,’ said McGirt. ‘Tough fight, tough fight; took a lot of tough body shots.
Matias told reporters after the fight: ‘I just hope that Maxim is all right… He is a great fighter and a warrior. ‘