South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi dies in hospital at the age of 24, just two days after he was filmed completely confused and swaying in thin air during a title fight.
- Simis Buthelezi swung seals in thin air during a recent title fight
- The distressing moment saw the referee step in and wave the competition
- But two days later, a statement from Boxing South Africa confirmed his death
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi died at the age of 24, two days after he was filmed confused and swinging in thin air during a title fight on Sunday.
He received medical attention after his WBF African light title fight against Sipheshle Mntungwa was swept away in the final seconds of the last round.
Buthelezi was apparently cruising towards victory and had his opponent in deep trouble when he sent him through the ropes with a blistering combination.
Mntungwa bravely fought on but as he returned to his feet, the fight took a critical turn for the worst as Buthelezi shifted his focus away from his rival and began to move towards the corner of the ring, throwing punches into an empty space.
Shocked Mntungwa seemed hesitant to jump on Buthelezi and the referee quickly recognized the potential danger that could follow, intervening to stop the contest in dramatic circumstances.
Buthelezi was later confirmed to have received medical attention in Durban but died on Tuesday night.
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has died at the age of 24, just two days after completely losing his focus in combat and attacking thin air.
Simis Buthelezi cruised to victory and struck his opponent through the ropes
However, the battle took a dramatic turn when Sipheshle Mntungwa returned to his feet
‘It is with great sorrow for Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family to announce the passing of Mr. Simiso Buthelezi who passed away last night, June 7, 2022 in a hospital in Durban.’ statement read.
On June 5, 2022, Mr. Buthelezi participated in a boxing tournament hosted by Starline Boxing Promotions at Greyville, Durban.
“Towards the end of his attack, Mr Buthelezi collapsed and was taken to hospital and it was discovered at the hospital that he had suffered a brain injury which resulted in internal bleeding.
– In the hospital Mr. Buthelezi received the best possible care but he still recovered from the injury last night as before. Boxing South Africa will conduct an independent medical review of the injury and then publish the results of that medical review.
‘The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa acknowledge warm condolences from the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture. The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa will announce an announcement of funeral arrangements in due course. ‘
Buthelezi wandered to the corner of the ring and seemed to lose his bearings
He started throwing punches into thin air, forcing the referee to step in and stop the contest.
His coach 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 now. Doctors say there could be a blood clot in his brain from a blow to the head. ‘
Boxing commentator Tim Boxeo posted on Twitter that Buthelezi is “almost certainly” on track to secure a decisive victory in his fifth professional bout ahead of the late turnaround.
Buthelezi had an undefeated professional record of 4-0 before his collision at the Greyville Convention Center last weekend.