October 16, 2019
Patrick Day, a 27-year-old boxer from Freeport, Long Island, is currently in a coma and "fighting for his life" after receiving a brutal knockout during a match on Saturday.
According to Newsday, Day, and his opponent Charles Conwell were competing for the USBA super welterweight title at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago when the 10th and final round turned tragic.
"I too am distraught because I feel responsible but do realize there is no fault."
Day was reportedly taken out by a series of punches from Conwell, a 2016 U.S. Olympian who is 11-0 as a pro. Day was immediately rushed to a Chicago hospital.
In a statement released on Sunday and obtained by the outlet, Day’s promoter Lou Di Bella offered more details. "Patrick Day suffered a traumatic brain injury during his bout on Saturday night," Bella said, adding:
"He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. As of Sunday evening, Patrick is in a coma caused by the injury and is in extremely critical condition. On behalf of Patrick's team, we appreciate the outpouring of support, prayers, and offers of assistance from all corners of the boxing community."
"Patrick’s condition is extremely grave," Day’s trainer Joe Higgins added via text message to Newsday. "He is fighting for his life. That’s all we can really say right now."
As The Grio noted, Day was an alternate on the 2012 Olympic team and has a record of 17-4-1 with six victories coming by knockout. Saturday marked only the second time he has ever lost by knockout.
Per CNN, Day was also the New York Daily News Golden Gloves champion in 2012 and has won the WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Title and the IBF Inter-Continental Super Welterweight Title.
Conwell, 21, has been asking for prayers for Day on social media and also penned an emotional letter to the hospitalized boxer.
"I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win," Conwell said via Twitter. "If I could take it all back, I would. No one deserves for this to happen to them."
"I prayed for you so many times and shedded (sic) so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel," he added.
Responding to Conwell, Higgins wrote: "I too am distraught because I feel responsible but do realize there is no fault. Stay strong, and please don’t think we blame you.”
Here’s praying Patrick Day comes out of that coma and gets back on his feet very soon.
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