South African Boxer Dies From Brain Bleed After Fight
According to the reports coming from Johannesburg, lightweight boxer Simiso Buthelezi (4-0, 2 KOs) has passed away due to a brain injury he received during a fight this past weekend in Dubai.
Boxing South Africa (BSA) was the first to confirm this unfortunate news on June 8. Buthelezi was fighting in a ten-rounder World Boxing Federation All Africa lightweight title against fellow South African Siphesihle Mntungwa on Sunday.
However, all the hype of this fight died down when the 24-year-old started moving away from his opponent and started punching the air. Commentators said that it seemed like Buthelezi was punching an invisible opponent.
The video of this scary moment quickly spread on social media and spread concerns within the entire boxing community. After the fight, Buthelezi was rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had bleeding in his brain.
BSA has said that they are likely to go for an independent medical review of the entire unfortunate fiasco and see if anything inappropriate was done during the buildup or during the fight.
Bheki Mngomezulu, Buthelezi’s trainer, said that he was in perfect condition going into the fight. The 24-year-old boxer turned professional in 2019.