While boxer Patrick Day remains in a coma after a brutal knockout on Saturday in Chicago, his opponent, Charles Conwell, has written an emotional letter in which he regrets and expressed his own personal unrest in the days since their fateful fight.
Day 27 is in critical condition, according to a statement released Sunday by promoter Lou Dibella. He underwent emergency surgery at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday after being removed from the stake on a stretcher.
Conwell, a 21-year-old rising prospect, wrote on Instagram and admitted that he was considering leaving the sport after the fight.
Boxer Patrick Day (right) has undergone brain surgery after an attack after a brutal knockout in his fight against Charles Conwell (left)
Conwell wrote an emotional message on Instagram alongside a photo of Day after a victory
The day was taken to a hospital after he was viciously eliminated by Conwell in the 10th round
& # 39; I play the fight over and over again in my mind and think about what if this never happened and why it happened to you & # 39 ;, wrote Conwell. & # 39; I can't keep thinking about it. I have prayed for you so many times and shed so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel.
& # 39; I see you everywhere I go and the only thing I hear are wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing, but I know you wouldn't want that. & # 39;
The Day Trainer, Joe Higgins, responded to the Instagram post and wrote that his hunter wanted Conwell to continue his promising career.
& # 39; He wanted you to continue, & # 39; Higgins wrote. I root for you to reach your dream, the same one he had.
Higgins also thanked Conwell for his & # 39; kind words & # 39; and added that Day had always been particularly close to him because the boxer & # 39; across the street & # 39; was born from the experienced trainer.
& # 39; I am also distraught because I feel responsible, but I realize that there is no error, & # 39; Higgins continued. & # 39; Stay strong and please don't think we blame you. & # 39;
He was treated by a doctor in the stake and was then taken away on a stretcher by paramedics
Day opponent Conwell tweeted shortly after the fight on Saturday: & # 39; Praying for you! & # 39;
THE ENTIRE LETTER FROM CONWELL TO DAY
This is my last time to talk about the situation, because this is a sensitive issue, not only for his family and friends, but also for myself and boxing.
Dear Patrick Day,
I never meant that this would happen to you. I just wanted to win. If I could take it all back, nobody would deserve it to happen to them. I play the fight over and over again in my mind and think about what if this never happened and why it happened to you.
I can't stop thinking about it myself. I have 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 everything I hear are wonderful things about you.
I thought about quitting boxing, but I know that's not what you want. I know you were a fighter, so I decided not to do it, but to fight and win a world title, because that's what you wanted and that's what I want so I'll use you every day as motivation and make sure that I always leave everything in the ring.
With compassion, Charles Conwell
Boxing clearly has a history of similar moments.
At least three boxers died of ring injuries in 2019, including a Bulgarian hunter who participated in his cousin's permit and used his medical records.
Light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson was placed in a medically induced coma after his 2018 match against Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Ukraine. He has since recovered consciousness and continues to recover according to several reports.
After the fight, Conwell asked his social media to pray for the recovery of Day. & # 39; Keep him in your prayers !! #prayforpatrickday, & # 39; he wrote on his Twitter page.
& # 39; Pat Day makes every room in which it is located in a better place. I've never seen him greet someone without a big smile, & DiBella wrote on Twitter. & # 39; Sometimes life doesn't seem fair. Please keep Pat in your prayers, thoughts and hearts. & # 39;
Patrick Day (left) pictured with trainer Joe Harris in July 2017 after a win on Long Island
The day was unconscious when he was taken out of the ring in a stretcher and loaded into a waiting ambulance. He was attacked in the ambulance and needed a respiratory hose when he arrived at the hospital.
Conwell, an American Olympic from 2016, dominated the fight by dropping Day in the fourth and eighth round and then landed a right hand in the 10th causing Day to stumble.
Seconds later, he rocked Day with a huge left hook that made Day fall back and bounce his head off the canvas. Referee Celestino Ruiz stopped the fight at one minute, 46 seconds of the round.
Day lay on the cloth for a few minutes during medical treatment before it was removed from the ring.
He lost Carlos Adames in New York in June. He has 17 wins and four losses and one draw in his professional career that started in 2013.
Day fought on the undercard of the successful DBA of Russian Dmitry Bivol light-heavyweight world title defense and cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk & # 39; s heavyweight debut.
Conwell, an American Olympic from 2016, dominated the fight by dropping Day in the fourth and eighth round and then landed a right hand in the 10th causing Day to stumble
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