Patrick Day tragically passed away last night after suffering a traumatic brain injury against Charles Conwell at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday.
Day was heavily knocked out in round 10 and was knocked unconscious after his head hit the canvas.
A statement from promoter Lou Di Bella read:
“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.
“He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Everyone at Pro Boxing Fans sends sincere condolences to the family of Patrick Day and Charles Conwell at this very sad time