‘YOU’LL BE MISSED’ Frank Warren, Gennady Golovkin and Frank Bruno lead tributes to Patrick Day, after boxer’s death at 27 from brain injury

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‘YOU’LL BE MISSED’ Frank Warren, Gennady Golovkin and Frank Bruno lead tributes to Patrick Day, after boxer’s death at 27 from brain injury

The boxing and MMA world has paid tribute to Patrick Day, who died from injuries sustained in the ring on Saturday night.

Frank Bruno, Gennady Golovkin and Gervonta Davis are among those to share their condolences to the family of the 27-year-old American, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in his knockout defeat to Charles Conwell in Chicago.

“In a business of s***heads and frauds you were always genuine, honest and real. Both in and out of the ring. You’ll be missed Champ,” former boxer Paulie Malignaggi tweeted.

Frank Bruno called the news ‘very sobering’.

“Sadly, Patrick Day has lost his toughest fight. Like every man who climbs through the ropes chasing the glory, he risked it all,” said the British boxing legend.

Frank Warren

@frankwarren_tv

We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of Patrick Day. The thoughts and condolences of all at Queensberry Promotions are with his friends and family at this awful time.

RIP Champ 🙏

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Eddie Alvarez

@Ealvarezfight

Patrick Day’s death has got me fucked up ,I followed him on Instagram and observed his training from the outside . Seemed like a genuinely great soul with an incredible spirit and outlook on life . His message leading up to his death was to live fully . I will Pat thank you 🙏🏼

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Frank Bruno MBE 🇬🇧

@frankbrunoboxer

This is very sobering. Sadly, Patrick Day has lost his toughest fight.

Like every man who climbs through the ropes chasing the glory, he risked it all.

My thoughts & condolences are with his friends and family at this very tough time. May he rest in eternal peace.

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Day was beaten in the final round of their ten-round super-welterweight battle at the Wintrust Arena and never regained consciousness from the KO.

He underwent emergency surgery and was in a coma until passing away.

A statement from his promoter Lou DiBella said: “Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL.

“He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins.

“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury.

“Before establishing himself as a world class professional fighter, Pat was a highly decorated amateur.

Charles Conwell and Patrick Day went toe-to-toe

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Charles Conwell and Patrick Day went toe-to-toe

“He won two Nationals titles, the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was an Olympic Team alternate, all in 2012.

“Day turned pro in 2013 and overcame early career struggles to become a world-rated super welterweight contender. He captured the WBC Continental Americas championship in 2017 and the IBF Intercontinental championship in 2019.

“In June 2019, he was rated in the top-10 by both the WBC and IBF.

“He was also a dedicated college student, having earned an Associate’s degree in Food and Nutrition from Nassau Community College and, subsequently, a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Kaplan University.

“He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat’s kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met.

“During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small. In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a beacon of light and the star pupil at the Freeport PAL, the gym he trained in from the moment he began boxing until the last bout of his career.

Patrick Day was taken straight to hospital from the ring

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Patrick Day was taken straight to hospital from the ring

“He was recognized as one of Long Island’s finest professional fighters for years. He was a fixture in the boxing community throughout New York City.

“Patrick was even known in Japan, which he visited to spar with his friend and colleague, world champion Ryota Murata.

“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.

“It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this. This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available.

“It is, however, a time for a call to action. While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate.

Patrick Day has died at 27

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Patrick Day has died at 27

“This is a way we can honor the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick’s 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world.

“This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us. Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels.”

Here’s what some of the fighting world had to say about Day’s tragic death…

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Gennadiy Golovkin

@GGGBoxing

Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and the team of Patrick Day. Rest In Peace Pat.

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Amanda Serrano 🇵🇷

@Serranosisters

RIP young King
Patrick Day All Day! 🙏❤️

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Eddie Hearn

@EddieHearn

Devastated to hear the news of the passing of Patrick Day.I met him for the first time last Thursday,what a charming young man with a dream and a smile that lit up the room.Our deepest prayers are with his family, his trainer Joe Higgins,Charles Conwell and promoter Lou DiBella🙏

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Lou DiBella

@loudibella

It is with the deepest sadness that I share the following statement on Patrick Day. https://conta.cc/2IYuQGu 

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Katie Taylor

@KatieTaylor

Devastating news. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends at this time, and also his opponent. Heartbreaking for everyone involved 💔

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Gervonta Davis

@Gervontaa

Damn man, Rest easy Patrick Day. Prayers to your friends and family

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Adam Catterall

@AdamCatterall

Heartbreaking to hear Patrick Day has died.

Thoughts and prayers with his family, friends and his opponent, Charles Conwell.

🖤

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MayweatherPromotions

@MayweatherPromo

Another sad day for the boxing world. Our sincere condolences to the family of Patrick Day 🙏

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Anthony Bellew

@TonyBellew

Woke up to truly heartbreaking news that Patrick Day has passed away! So very very sad… Rest easy champion..




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