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

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)

A boxer who put his opponent into a coma after a knockout on Saturday is riddled with guilt.

Charles Conwell, the man who delivered the blow to Patrick Day, expressed his concern for Day in an interview immediately after the fight.

But expanding, he posted an emotional message on Twitter stating his regret about the fight and his will to continue.

“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 vowed to fight on after the incident, keeping Day ‘as motivation’. Day’s trainer Joseph Higgins believes that Patrick would want Conwell to fight on instead of quitting the sport.

A Twitter account, said to have been opened by Higgins on Monday, offered Conwell some comfort.

He wrote: “Hello Charles, I am Patrick Day’s trainer Joe Higgins. I just wanted you to know that we do understand what you must be going thru as well. As devastated as we are we realise you are equally devastated.

“We know if it was the other way around we would be just as distraught.

“Thank you for your kind words. Patrick was born across the street from me so our relationship is special. He would have wanted you to continue. I’m am rooting for you to reach your dream, the same one he had.

“God Bless your Team and we will keep you in our prayers as well.”

With Yahoo Sports

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