The Unexpected Death of Patrick Day


The Mind's Eye - Musings of Will Saunders

I have been reflecting with great sadness on the death of the boxer Patrick Day. Last Saturday, October 12, 2019, he lost a boxing match in the 10th round. It was a knockout, losing to Charles Conwell. Day endured brain hemorrhaging. He never woke up. He died in the hospital on Wednesday, just four days later.

There’s an old saying that hindsight is 20/20, but I wonder why the referee didn’t stop the fight. Day was obviously losing. He was knocked down in the fourth round and then again in the eight. Just prior to the final blow in round 10, it was plain to see he was wobbly and wasn’t sharp and alert, barely able to stand. Anybody looking could see that. I have seen many referees stop fights, and rightly so. Of course it’s a judgment call; however, I cannot understand how anybody refereeing that fight would have…

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