Over the weekend, Patrick Day suffered a traumatic brain injury during his loss to Charles Conwell. He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. As of last report, Day was in a coma and in extremely critical condition [Day passed away on Wednesday afternoon]. Conwell, who knocked Day out late in a tough fight, issued the following statement: “This is my last time speaking on the situation because of this being a sensitive topic not only for his family and friends but for myself and the sport of boxing.
“Dear Patrick Day: “I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would. No one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself. I prayed for you so many times and shed so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear are wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that’s not what you would want. I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to [retire] but to fight and win a world title because that’s what you wanted, and that’s what I want. I will use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With Compassion, Charles Conwell”