South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi dies in hospital, two days after filmed swinging at thin air
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi dies in hospital at age 24, just two days after being filmed completely disoriented and swinging during a title fight
- Simiso Buthelezi waved blows during a recent title fight
- At the disturbing moment, the referee intervened and waved the match away
- But two days later, a statement from Boxing South Africa confirmed his death
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has died aged 24, two days after being filmed disoriented and swinging in the air during a title fight on Sunday.
He underwent medical treatment after his WBF African lightweight title fight against Siphesihle Mntungwa was waved off in the closing seconds of the final round.
Buthelezi was seemingly on his way to victory and had his opponent in big trouble when he sent him through the ropes with a blistering combination.
Mntungwa fought on bravely, but when he got back to his feet, the fight took a worrying turn, as Buthelezi diverted his attention from his rival and began to move towards the corner of the ring, thrusting into empty space.
A shocked Mntungwa seemed hesitant to attack Buthelezi and the referee quickly saw the potential danger that could follow and intervened to stop the match under dramatic circumstances.
It was later confirmed that Buthelezi was receiving medical attention in Durban, but he died on Tuesday evening.
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has died aged 24, just two days after being completely lost in a fight and attacks in the air.
Simiso Buthelezi was on his way to victory and knocked his opponent through the ropes
However, the fight took a dramatic turn when Siphesihle Mntungwa got back to his feet
“It is with great sadness for Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family to announce the passing of Mr Simiso Buthelezi who passed away in hospital in Durban last night, 7 June 2022.” read a statement.
On June 5, 2022, Mr. Buthelezi took part in a boxing tournament organized by Starline Boxing Promotions in Greyville, Durban.
“Towards the end of his fight, Mr Buthelezi collapsed and was taken to hospital. In the hospital it was discovered that he had suffered a brain injury that resulted in internal bleeding.
“At the hospital, Mr Buthelezi received the best possible care, but he succumbed to the injury last night as stated. Boxing South Africa will conduct an independent medical assessment of the injury and then make the results of that medical assessment public.
‘The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa acknowledge the warm condolences from the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture. The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa will make announcements about the funeral arrangements in due course.”
Buthelezi wandered to the corner of the ring and seemed to lose his orientation
He started punching out of nowhere, forcing the referee to intervene and stop the match
His trainer had visited Buthelezi in hospital on Monday and said: “There is no change in his condition, he is in a coma, he is not talking, moving or doing anything at the moment. The doctors say that a blow to the head can cause a blood clot in the brain.’
Boxing commentator Tim Boxeo posted on Twitter that Buthelezi was “almost certainly” on track to take a decisive win in his fifth professional fight before the late turn.
Buthelezi had an undefeated professional record of 4-0 before his collision at the Greyville Convention Center last weekend.