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In Memoriam: Russian Junior Welterweight Maxim Dadashev Dies at 28 From Brain Injury

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 Oxen, Hill, MD (July 24th, 2019)–   Previously undefeated Russian junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev, who fell unconscious outside the ring following his loss to 14-0 opponent Subriel Matias of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, after an eleventh round stoppage loss in the corner in an International Boxing Federation title eliminator at MGM National Harbor in Oxen, Hill, Maryland this past weekend on July 19, 2019, has died on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at University of Maryland Hospital in Prince George’s County. Trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the bout over Dadashev’s objections in the corner.




Dadashev, of St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, who was 28, is survived by his wife Elizaveta Apushkina and their young son. Dadashev underwent two hours of emergency surgery to remove a portion of his skull to reduce swelling caused by a brain bleed, but four days later his heart stopped.

Russian Boxing Federation Secretary General Umar Kremlev said the organization will begin an immediate investigation into the circumstances which led to Dadashev’s death. In addition, Mr. Kremlev announced the Russian Boxing Federation will support Dadashev’s family financially through the funeral and beyond. Dadashev’s body will be shipped back to his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, for funeral services and burial.




Dadashev’s wife Elizaveta Apushkina addressed her husband’s untimely death in a statement given to CBS Sports.  “It is with great sadness I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev. He (Maxim) was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue to be raised to be a great man like his father. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who cared for Maxim during his final days. I ask everyone please respect our family’s privacy during this very difficult time.” His trainer, Buddy McGirt, fondly remembered his student Dadashev as “A great, great guy. He was a trainer’s dream.”




A talented amateur, Maxim Dadashev was the 2008 World Junior Championships Silver medalist at 57 kilograms. in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2010 and 2012, Dadashev was the Russian National Championships Bronze medalist at 60 kilograms, and also was the 2013 Russian National Championships Silver medalist at 64 kilograms.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.