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Maxim Dadashev dies at 28 from brain injuries in loss


By Peter Axline: Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev has passed away from brain injuries he suffered in an 11th round TKO defeat last Friday night in a fight against unbeaten knockout artist Subriel Matias at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Dadashev’s trainer Buddy McGirt had the fight halted before the start of the 11th.

Dadashev suffered a brain bleed on the right side of his head after the fight, according to RT. He had surgery to relieve the pressure, but he suffered severe brain damage.  Dadashev’s wife is traveling from Russia to the U.S.

Dadashev was in bad shape after leaving the ring

Although McGirt had the fight stopped, it was too late. The damage had already been done. The 28-year-old Dadashev had taken too many powerful punches from Matias to the head, and he was in bad shape as he left the ring.

Following the fight, which was stopped before the start of round 11, Dadashev, 28, collapsed after exiting the ring. He reportedly threw up, and couldn’t walk. Dadashev is said to have lost consciousness on the way to the hospital in an ambulance.

Dadashev was put in a medically induced coma to help save him, according to RT. However, he passed away from brain injuries from the effects of his grueling fight against Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias. Dadashev is said to have suffered “severe brain damage” from the fight.

Dadashev fought out of Oxnard, California. He was originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He’d turned professional in 2016, and had fought his entire three-year career in the U.S. Unlike a lot of Eastern European fighters that turn pro, Dadashev had a limited amateur background in Russia. He didn’t compete in the Olympics.

Fans criticized the Dadashev vs. Matias fight not being stopped earlier

Following, there was a lot of questions being asked by boxing fans about why the Dadashev vs. Matias fight wasn’t stopped a lot sooner. Dadashev was getting beaten up from the midpoint in the contest by the more powerful Matias, and it was clear that he lacked the power to keep him off of him. Matias cut off the ring continually on Dadashev, and was hammering him repeatedly with hard body and head shots.  There were a lot of upset fans, who felt that the fight should have stopped by McGirt or the referee at some point much earlier than the 11th.

“God forbid… one punch as you know can change a whole guy’s life and I wasn’t going to let that happen– so, I’d rather have them be mad at me for a day or two then to be mad at me for the rest of their life,” said Dadashev’s trainer McGirt moments after the fight with Matias was stopped last Friday night.

Before Dadashev’s fight with Matias, he’d beaten Ricky Susmundo, Antonio DeMarco and Darley’s Perez in his last three fights. DeMarco and Perez are former world champions.


In honor of Maxim Dadashev, an official GoFundMe account has been set up in his memory. All proceeds from the page will be donated to Maxim’s widow, Elizaveta Apushkina, and their two-year-old son.

Maxim’s friends and family would like to thank the entire boxing community for their outpouring of love and support.

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