THERE is no comfortable way to describe this – there never is. Under normal circumstances we would lead in with the main event, that being Teofimo Lopez against Masayoshi Nakatani, but long after we stop thinking about that contest we will remember the fate of Russian Maxim Dadashev, who died on Tuesday (July 23), four days after being put in a medically induced coma following his stoppage loss to Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias in an IBF super-lightweight title eliminator.
At the end of the 11th round in this scheduled 12, Dadashev’s trainer, Buddy McGirt, determined that his man, far behind on points, had taken enough punches to justify stopping it in the corner. At the time it seemed that McGirt’s intervention was perfectly timed so that Dadashev could live to fight another day. Tragically that proved not to be the case.
Dadashev had held his own early on before Matias’ body blows took a toll. The last two rounds were particularly difficult for the Russian. Despite that, Dadashev was fighting back, so blame should not be attached to referee Kenny Chevalier or anyone else for not having pulled him out earlier.