Boxer Patrick Day dies of brain injuries after fight at Wintrust Arena

Day had brain surgery after being knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round Saturday night at Wintrust Arena.

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Patrick Day punches Elvin Ayala during the fifth round of a WBC super welterweight boxing bout in New York.

In this Oct. 27, 2018, file photo, Patrick Day, right, punches Elvin Ayala during the fifth round of a WBC super welterweight boxing bout in New York.

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Boxer Patrick Day is dead after sustaining head injuries last weekend in a fight with Charles Conwell at Wintrust Arena.

Promoter Lou DiBella said Day, 27, died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Day was pronounced about 8:05 p.m. Monday.

“He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins,” DiBella said in a statement on his website. “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.”

Day had brain surgery after being knocked out in the 10th round Saturday night at Wintrust Arena. Knocked down twice earlier in the bout, the junior middleweight was taken from the ring on a stretcher.

Two days after the fight, Conwell posted a heartfelt message to Day on social media.

“I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would. No one deserves for this to happen to them,” Conwell wrote. “I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you.”

From Freeport, New York, Day had a career record of 17-4-1 with six knockouts. As an amateur, he won two Nationals titles, the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was a U.S. Olympic team alternate in 2012.

Contributing: Sam Kelly

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