New Tragedy as Brain Injury Ends Career of Top Junior Welterweight Maxim Dadashev
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Oxon Hill, Maryland (July 20th, 2019)–While news of former World Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s recovery was a great moment, a new tragedy last night on Friday evening, July 19, 2019, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, serves as reminder of the dangers of boxing and other full-contact professional sports.
In an International Boxing Federation, super lightweight eliminator between unbeaten prospects for a shot at the world title held by Josh Taylor of Scotland, 14-0 Subriel Matias of Fajardo, Puerto Rico emerged victoriously. Matias, who has a 100 percent knockout ratio as a professional, stopped 13-0 top Russian contender Maxim Dadashev after the eleventh round. Dadashev, a Top Rank fighter training out of Oxnard, California, had his career ended when he fell ill after leaving the ring. Matias rose to the number 15 worldwide junior welterweight ratings position on BoxRec with the win.
As Dadashev left the ring, he began to vomit and was placed on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Dadashev lost consciousness in the ambulance with a subdural hematoma, swelling to the brain. Part of his skull was removed during emergency brain surgery to relieve the swelling occurrence at University of Maryland Hospital in Prince George’s County. We of Real Combat Media, as well as all boxing fans, stand united in our prayers for the recovery of Maxim Dadashev, who remains in critical condition.