Charles Conwell riddled with guilt, almost quit boxing after knocking Patrick Day into coma

Charles Conwell reacts after knocking out <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/306757/" data-ylk="slk:Patrick Day">Patrick Day</a> in the 10th round of their Super-Welterweight bout at Wintrust Arena. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Charles Conwell reacts after knocking out Patrick Day in the 10th round of their Super-Welterweight bout at Wintrust Arena. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Boxer Patrick Day is still in a coma following a knockout on Saturday night, and Charles Conwell, the man who delivered that knockout, is riddled with guilt.

Conwell was Day’s opponent, and while he expressed concern for Day in an interview right after Day was taken out of the ring on a stretcher, he expanded on his feelings in an emotional letter he wrote to Day and posted on social media.

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“This is my last time speaking on the situation because of this being a sensitive topic not only for his family and friends but for myself and the sport of boxing.

“Dear Patrick Day,

“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. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that’s not what you would want I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to but to fight and win a world title because that’s what you wanted and that’s what I want so I’ll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With Compassion, Charles Conwell”

Conwell is obviously devastated that Day is in a coma due to injuries he sustained during their fight, but vowed to fight on. Day’s trainer Joseph Higgins believes that Patrick would want Conwell to fight on instead of quitting the sport. Higgins opened up a Twitter account on Monday specifically to tweet at Conwell, and to offer him some comfort.

Higgins’ response to Conwell’s poignant letter only drives home the point that boxing is a dangerous sport, and what happened to Day could happen to Conwell or to any boxer. Because of that reality there is forgiveness within the community, even when guilt is inevitable.

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