South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi, who was put into an induced unconsciousness in Durban, South Africa, on Sunday after shadow boxing, has died on Tuesday night.
When the lightweight boxer became disoriented in the ring while competing for the WBF All Africa lightweight title, he was rushed to the hospital. At 11 p.m. on Sunday, he was put into a coma.
“It is with great regret that Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family announce the demise of Mr Simiso Buthelezi, who passed away last night on June 7 in hospital in Durban,” read a statement released by BSA on Wednesday.
It was discovered that Mr Buthelezi had sustained a head injury that had resulted in internal bleeding when he fell near the end of his fight. After receiving the finest treatment possible, Mr Buthelezi succumbed to the injury.”
Buthelezi’s trainer told the media that his client was in perfect health prior to the battle, therefore it’s unknown how he sustained the injury.
“There wasn’t anything abnormal in the fight and in training,” trainer Bheki Mngomezulu told News24 on Monday. Before the sad happened, he was leading the fight in terms of points.
“To be honest, I have no idea what happened. It was baffling, yet there was nothing out of the ordinary about his training or preparation for the battle. Before the fight, he appeared to be in fine health.”
They said that an independent medical investigation would be conducted to investigate the incident, which drew attention from all over boxing because of the bizarre nature of his symptoms.
When Buthelezi launched an attack on Siphesihle Mntungwa in the final seconds of a 10-round fight, the latter fell backwards between the ropes.
It was then that Buthelezi, who’d been uninjured for the majority of the battle, began to shadow box into one of the ring’s corners, and referee Elroy Marshall immediately stopped the fight and summoned medical personnel.
The ring announcer Sipho Mashego told ESPN that the arena was “dumbfounded” by Buthelezi’s sudden shift in demeanor,” and that he had been in complete control of the fight:
As soon as the fight began, “Simiso had the upper hand,” he said. In the end, he was unaffected by his opponent’s actions.
After 14 seconds of playtime in the final round, his opponent stepped out of the boxing ring. No one knew what was going on when [Buthelezi] began swinging violently. “It was strange,” he said.
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