Super welterweight boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday after suffering brain injury on Saturday night after being knocked out in a super welterweight bout against Charles Conwell.
Day was taken to northwestern hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He lapsed into coma and never regained consciousness.
Born to Haitian immigrants in Freeport Hempstead in New York, Day started boxing in 2006 under the guidance of former firefighter and boxing trainer Joe Higgins. He rose to be a top 10 ranked junior middleweight for the IBF and WBC. He also captured the regional WBC Continental America’s title and the IBF intercontinental title at 154 pounds.
His promoter, Lou Di-Bella, announced Day’s death in a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying the boxer was surrounded by his family, friends and members of his boxing team.
The statement read: “Patrick Day didn’t need to box. He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living. He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”
Day won 17 of his 22 fights, with four defeats and one draw
STORY BY: ISAAC MORTEY