Maxim Dadashev

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Maxim Kaibkhanovich Dadashev
Native name
Максим Каибханович Дадашев
Дадашрин Къаибханан хва Максим
Born(1990-09-30)September 30, 1990
DiedJuly 23, 2019(2019-07-23) (aged 28)
Alma materBaltic State Technical University[1]
Boxing career
Nickname(s)Mad Max
Weight(s)Light welterweight
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Boxing record
Total fights14
Wins by KO11

Maxim Kaibkhanovich Dadashev (Russian: Максим Каибханович Дадашев; Lezgian: Дадашрин Къаибханан хва Максим; September 30, 1990 – July 23, 2019) was a Russian boxer who competed in the light welterweight (63.5 kg) division. A participant of the 2015 European Games, Dadashev was a Russian amateur champion. Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia), he was of Lezgin descent.[2][3]

Amateur career[edit]

A talented amateur, Dadashev was the 2008 World Junior Championships silver medalist at 57 kilograms (126 lb) in Guadalajara, Mexico.[4] In 2010 and 2012, Dadashev was the Russian National Championships bronze medalist at 60 kilograms (130 lb), and also was the 2013 Russian National Championships silver medalist at 64 kilograms (141 lb).[4]

Professional career[edit]

Trained by former world champion Buddy McGirt in Oxnard, California,[4] Dadashev won his first 13 professional bouts, 11 of them knockouts or technical knockouts.[5] In his professional debut in April 2016, he won with a first-round knockout of Darin Hampton. Dadashev won the vacant NABF super lightweight title in June 2018 with a tenth-round stoppage of Darleys Perez, and defended it in October 2018 with a ten-round decision win over former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco.[4][6]


On July 19, 2019, Dadashev fought Subriel Matías as part of a Top Rank event aired by ESPN at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.[4] The fight was an International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight title elimination bout with the winner receiving a shot at the belt.[7] Dadashev lost via stoppage after his trainer, Buddy McGirt, asked the referee to stop the contest at the end of the eleventh round. Dadashev, losing significantly on the official scorecards, protested but McGirt overruled him believing that he could not take any more punishment; McGirt later said he had considered doing so two rounds earlier as he felt his fighter was fading and taking too many hits.[4]

Dadashev needed help to get out of the ring and was unable to make it to his dressing room before he collapsed and vomited in the corridor.[5] He was rushed to University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. He was then placed in an induced coma to try to allow the swelling in his brain to subside.[4] However, Dadashev's condition worsened and on July 23 he died in the hospital.[4] He is survived by his wife, Elizaveta, and a son.[8]


The Russian Boxing Federation launched an investigation into the tragedy, and pledged to support Dadashev's family financially.[8] The Maryland State Athletic Commission will also conduct an investigation.[9] Dadashev's body is planned to be sent to his hometown of Saint Petersburg, Russia, for funeral services and burial.[10] Promoter Bob Arum will pay for the funeral expenses, and a GoFundMe page was setup to raise funds for Dadashev's wife and son.[11] The farewell ceremony took place in Petergof on August 4.[12]


  1. ^ "Максим Дадашев решил перейти в профессиональный бокс" [Maxim Dadashev decided to switch to professional boxing]. (in Russian). July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Боксер Максим Дадашев умер после поединка" [Boxer Maxim Dadashev died after a fight]. (in Russian). July 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Боксер Максим Дадашев. Биография" [Boxer Maxim Dadashev. Biography]. (in Russian). July 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Rafael, Dan; Kim, Steve (July 23, 2019). "Boxer Dadashev dies from Friday fight injuries". ESPN. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Fortin, Jacey (July 23, 2019). "Maxim Dadashev Dies of Injuries After Losing Boxing Match". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Maxim Dadashev". BoxRec. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Maxim Dadashev dies after boxing injuries sustained against Subriel Matias". BBC. July 24, 2019. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Crosby, Jack (July 23, 2019). "Boxer Maxim Dadashev dies at 28 after suffering brain injury in TKO loss". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Wang, Gene (July 24, 2019). "Maryland State Athletic Commission to review boxing match that led to death of Maxim Dadashev". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  10. ^ France-Presse, Agence (July 23, 2019). "Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev passes away after sustaining injuries in super-lightweight bout in US". Firstpost. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Idec, Keith (July 24, 2019). "GoFundMe Account Created To Benefit Maxim Dadashev's Family". Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "В Петергофе попрощались с боксером Максимом Дадашевым" [People in Petergof say final goodbyes to boxer Maxim Dadashev] (in Russian). August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.

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