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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Watch: Trainer Buddy McGirt urging Maxim Dadashev to end fight is heartbreaking

Maxim Dadashev’s tragic death rocked the boxing world on Tuesday, but one man who can’t take any blame is trainer Buddy McGirt.

Dadashev was struggling heavily in what ultimately turned into a loss to Subriel Matias on Friday. After 11 rounds, McGirt intervened and stopped the fight against Dadashev’s wishes. Later that night, Dadashev was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. Emergency surgery and a medically-induced coma were not enough to save his life.

The reality of what happened makes the video of McGirt urging Dadashev to let him stop the fight all the more difficult to watch.

After the fight ended, McGirt defended his decision, stating that he was willing to take the risk of his fighter being mad at him for a day or two instead of putting him at further risk physically.

In this case, there were no obvious signs of traumatic injury, and McGirt made the right calls when he needed to make them. Tragically, it still wasn’t enough to save Dadashev’s life.

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