Update (12:30 am ET): Dadashev will be undergoing surgery due to swelling on his brain. Again, all of us send our best to Maxim Dadashev and his loved ones.
Update (11:58 pm ET): According to ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna, Dadashev lost consciousness in the ambulance and was instead taken to trauma 1 unit where he will be “hooked up to machines” and have a CT scan.
Update (11:18 pm ET): Dadashev is on his way to the hospital via ambulance. ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna reports that he is “severely concussed” and “severely dehydrated,” and “continuously vomiting.” Our best wishes are with Maxim Dadashev.
Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias was more or less unknown coming into tonight’s IBF 140-pound eliminator against top prospect Maxim Dadashev, but he left the ring still undefeated and in line for a world title shot.
Matias (14-0, 14 KO) stopped Dadashev (13-1, 11 KO) after the 11th round, when Dadashev’s trainer Buddy McGirt pulled the plug, pleading with Dadashev to allow him to stop the fight. McGirt, a former terrific fighter himself, knew the situation Dadashev was in and showed great compassion, saving Dadashev for another day.
At the time of the stoppage, Bad Left Hook had the fight 106-103 and 107-102 for Matias, who had taken over for good in the middle rounds and had been punishing Dadashev.
Dadashev started well enough, and early on it looked like his craft would be able to get him through, as Matias wasn’t able to cut off the ring and keep the Russian from circling effectively.
But Matias’ body work was the real key — if he couldn’t cut Dadashev off with footwork, he knew he could with the body shots, and it worked. Of the 319 punches that Matias landed, 112 were to the body, and it made all the difference.
By the ninth round, the fight was a war of attrition, and Matias just had more firepower and was in better shape. He brutalized Dadashev in the 11th round, forcing McGirt to stop it. Dadashev didn’t want to give it up after the 11th, but McGirt called the fight, anyway.
“I couldn’t convince him, but at the same time, he was getting hit with more and more clean shots,” McGirt said after the fight. “I’m saying to myself, ‘Is this worth it?’ God forbid, one punch can change a guy’s life, and I wasn’t going to let that happen. I’d rather have him be mad at me for a day or two than be mad at me for the rest of his life.”
McGirt compared to Matias to former 154-pound titleholder Jarrett Hurd, and said Matias will win a world title.
It was clearly the right call by McGirt, as after all was said and done, Dadashev couldn’t leave the ring fully under his own power. He was upright, but vomited “violently,” ESPN reported, and was helped to the back by attendants, who had to call for a stretcher once he reached the back of the venue.