Maxim Dadashev has been rushed to hospital for brain surgery after his TKO loss to Subriel Matias in Maryland.
The Russian boxer underwent surgery at the University of Maryland's Prince George Hospital Centre in an attempt to reduce swelling on his brain.
Matias pounded Dadashev throughout the 11th round of the fight, and the Russian had difficulty making it back to his corner.
Before the 12th round began, Dadashev’s head trainer Buddy McGirt warned that he was going to stop the fight because of the punishment doled out.
Dadashev had a blank stare on his face and didn’t utter a word.
McGirt then took matters into his own hands and told the referee he wouldn’t be continuing.
“God forbid … one punch as you know can change a whole guy’s life and I wasn’t going to let that happen — so, I’d rather have them be mad at me for a day or two then to be mad at me for the rest of their life,” McGirt said.
Dadashev collapses after fight
Dadashev had troubles exiting the ring and needed assistance walking down the steps.
He was still in bad shape and appeared to collapse to the floor before being put onto a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance.
On the broadcast, ESPN reported that Dadashev was severely dehydrated and suffered a severe concussion that left him vomitting violently.
He then lost consciousness in the ambulance on his way to hospital.
Doctors were reportedly trying to contact Dadashev's wife, who lives in Russia, to get a list of allergies before placing him into surgery.
The boxing world took to social media with prayers for the previously undefeated fighter.
Tough to see what happened there to Dadashev. Praying for him for full and complete recovery 🙏🏻— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 20, 2019
Prayers out to Maxim Dadashev, who vomited and was unable to walk after his TKO loss to Subriel Matias in Maryland on ESPN. He's on his way to the hospital— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) July 20, 2019
Praying for Dadashev’s health and well-being. It’s a brutal sport, but it hurts the most when you see a fighter go through this.#DadashevMatias— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) July 20, 2019
I hope Maxim Dadashev is OK. Took some serious punishment. On a stretcher after the fight. Vomited. You've got world champion boxers on ESPN+ getting emotional after Dadashev couldn't walk to the dressing room. On his way to the hospital. Dangerous sport. That was scary to watch.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) July 20, 2019
Third update from @osunaespn: Maxim Dadashev is going into surgery, medical staff is trying to contact his wife Elizabeth in Russia to find out if he has any allergies or prior brain injuries. Says "swelling has been so great that they need to bring that down."— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) July 20, 2019
Prayers for Maxim Dadashev 🙏 we can all sit on a couch and judge a fight but only a few are brave enough to step in the ring. Stepping into the ring takes tremendous courage and we never know how we will step out. @trboxing— Sulem Urbina 🇲🇽 (@SulemUrbina) July 20, 2019