A boxer is hospitalized after “fighting an invisible opponent” and punching him in critical scenes, while a rival celebrates Cristiano Ronaldo “Sui” before collecting an African lightweight title.

Previously undefeated boxer Simiso Buthelezi lost his perfect record in one of the most critical endings to a boxing match possible.

On Sunday, a video appeared online showing the final moments of the WBF African light title fight between Buthelezi and Siphesihle Mntungwa at the Greyville Convention Center in Durban, South Africa.

Buthelezi was on his way to a decisive victory before losing his bearings

Buthelezi was on his way to a decisive victory before losing his bearings

In the 10th round of the fight Buthelezi was on the rise when he forced his opponent through the ropes during an exchange, but when the referee resumed the action everything changed.

Repetition showed Buthelezi taking a sharp stab to his opponent’s chin before he fell, with the commanding boxer himself briefly slumped on the ropes.

Buthelezi then seemed to lose his way – instead of walking towards his opponent, he turned his attention to the referee, and did not seem to understand when the official moved out of the way.

It let him stare at a blank corner of the ring and swing fists at what appeared to be an invisible opponent.

The referee immediately stopped the fight, and the victory was awarded to Mntungwa, who almost certainly went to a decisive defeat before the unfortunate event took place.

Mntungwa, unaware of the seriousness of his opponent’s health, ran across the ring and imitated Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo‘s “Sui” celebration as he extended his boxing record to 7-1-2.

The referee looked confused for a moment before the fight broke out

The referee looked confused for a moment before the fight broke out

A decision was then made to suspend the WBF’s zone ceremony, which wanted to focus on Buthelezi’s health.

Boxing enthusiast Tim Boxeo, who posted a video of the event on social media, later claimed that Buthelezi is in stable condition and receiving treatment in Durban.

“Sources share that Simis Buthelezi is currently in a stable state in South Africa and in the coming days we will find out more about what could have caused a very scary and strange response in the ring.”

Commenting on the end of the fight, Dr. David Abbasi, an orthopedic surgeon who works as a ringside doctor in professional boxing and MMA fights, said the referee’s quick thinking was correct.

“As the doctor at these fights, we worry about symptoms of a concussion, but what we can never rule out is something more severe than brain bleeding,” he told TMZ Sports.

“So the right move after something like this when you picture these kinds of symptoms is to send that fighter to the hospital right away to get a head scan, something like a CT scan, to make sure there’s nothing serious that could be life threatening. like brain bleeding. ”



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