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Famous People Who Died While Boxing

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It's a dangerous sport, so it's no wonder plenty of boxers were killed in the ring. This is a list of famous people who died while boxing, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died during boxing matches are ranked loosely by fame and notoriety, and include the famous boxing victims’ hometown and biographical information about them when available. Make sure to also check out pro athletes who died young and wrestlers who had early deaths

Boxing fatalities have resulted in many casualties who either died in the ring or were pronounced dead after. 

Including Ed Sanders, Benny Paret, and Frankie Campbell, boxers killed in the ring died with a captivated audience cheering on their fight. These notable boxing deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has died while boxing as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor to their death. Not everyone dies while getting pummeled by a professional, but sometimes even the best boxers couldn't avoid a life-ending blow. Many of these people who became deceased from fighting were some of the greatest boxers of all time. 

  • Photo: Top Rank Boxing / YouTube

    Patrick Day

    Junior middleweight boxer Patrick Day was a U.S. Olympic alternate for the 2012 team, a New York Golden Gloves champion, and a USA boxing welterweight national champion. He died as a result of a traumatic brain injury suffered during a bout.

    Day lapsed into a coma after a 10th-round knockout and never regained consciousness, being taken off life support four days after the fight.

    • Age: Dec. at 27
    • Birthplace: Freeport, New York, USA
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    Maxim Dadashev

    Junior welterweight Maxim Dadashev passed away July 23, 2019, following his loss to Subriel Matias on July 19, 2019.

    Dadashev suffered brain injuries from the fight, which he succumbed to four days later at only 28 years old. 

    • Age: Dec. at 28
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Photo: Linda Sandgren / Wiki Commons
    Ed Sanders was an Olympic boxing champion who won the gold medal in the 1952 games. Sanders died on December 12, 1954 after going 11 rounds with Willie James. He had complained about headaches earlier in the day and was knocked unconscious during the fight. Many doctors believed that Sanders enhanced a previous injury during the James fight.
    • Age: Dec. at 24 (1930-1954)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Benny "the Kid" Paret was a Cuban welterweight boxer who had a record of 35 wins, 12 losses and 3 ties. On March 24, 1962, Paret went 12 rounds against Emile Griffith. The fight ended when Paret went into a coma after being punched 29 consecutive times. He died in the hospital 10 days later. The fight was televised live on ABC.
    • Age: Dec. at 25 (1937-1962)
    • Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba