It is always difficult to defend the sport that Maxim Dadashev and us the boxing fans love when a tragedy takes place. Dadashev was 28 years old and had a wife and young son which makes it all the more difficult to take.
Maxim's wife Elizaveta Apushkina made a statement to the media saying "It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev, he was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue to be raised to be a great man like his father. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days. I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time."
Maxim was born in St Petersburg, Russia on 30th September 1990. He turned professional with American promotional outfit Top Rank on April 2016 and built a 13 fight unbeaten record going into his final bout against Puerto Rican Subriel Matius, which was an eliminator for the IBF world Super-lightweight title held by Scotland's Josh Taylor.
Maxim's record included wins over good operators Clarence Booth, Abdiel Ramirez, former WBA Lightweight world champion Darleys Perez, and former WBC Lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco.
Both Dadashev and Matius held 13-0 records going into their fight which was on the same card as the IBF Lightweight eliminator between Teofimo Lopez and Japan's Masayoshi Nakatani. The show was held at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Maxim's trainer Buddy McGirt will have some tough times ahead of him. It is not easy when someone you train suffers an injury like this. McGirt was a world-class Super-lightweight and Welterweight back in the 1980s and 1990s and knows how dangerous boxing can be. McGirt told ESPN "It just makes you realize what type of sport we're in, man, he did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing. My mind is like really running crazy, right now. Like what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine. He seemed OK, he was ready, but it's the sport that we're in. It just takes one punch, man. I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner my mind was already made up, I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn't going to let him go out there."
McGirt obviously looked after his fighter the best he could, but young fighting men sometimes do not know when they are beaten, they will always be looking for that one punch that can turn the fight in their favour. Maxim Dadashev would never quit, that was the nature of the man, that is why he will be remembered by boxing fans.
But it is Maxim's wife, child, family and friends that suffer the deepest loss and we offer our deepest condolences for your loss.
R.I.P Maxim Dadashev.