People are expressing extreme concern for boxer Patrick Day, who was left in a coma after being knocked out by his opponent Charles Conwell on Saturday in Chicago.
The super-welterweight bout was stopped at 1 minute and 46 seconds into the 10th round, after Conwell landed a huge left hook that made Day fall and hit his head on the canvas. ESPN said that Conwell controlled the fight from the very beginning and knocked Day to the canvas in the fourth and eighth rounds as well.
The knockout left Day unconscious and lying on his back with his eyes still open for several minutes before he was removed by stretcher.
The 27-year-old then had a seizure while in the ambulance, and once taken to Northwestern Memorial hospital, he required a breathing tube. He also had to undergo emergency brain surgery due to having a serious brain injury.
“As of Sunday evening, Patrick is in a coma caused by the injury and is in extremely critical condition,” tweeted promoter Lou DiBella. “On behalf of Patrick’s team, we appreciate the outpouring of support, prayers, and offers of assistance from all corners of the boxing community.”
On Sunday Conwell (11-0, 8 KOs), who boxed for the American Olympic team in 2016, sent a tweet about Day’s condition and said he’s on his mind.
“My thoughts and deepest prayers are with Patrick Day and his family right now,” tweeted Conwell. “His family will provide further information at the appropriate time. Please keep Pat in your prayers.”
Day, who’s from Freeport, New York, was the New York Daily News Golden Gloves champion in 2012 and the USA Boxing welterweight national champion. His current records stands at 17 wins, four loses and one draw, with six knockouts.
His last Instagram post was on Friday, Oct. 11, where he promoted the Conwell fight next to a photo of himself. And people left a lot of concerned messages underneath.
“You are in my thoughts daily,” one of his followers wrote. “Looking forward to your recovery.”
“I can’t stop thinking about you. Please pull through,” another person commented.
“Keep fighting Champ!! Please. We love u!!! 🙏🏾,” a third person wrote.