Simiso Buthelezi, a South African boxer, died in hospital after receiving a brain injury during a fight. It prompted him to turn his back on his opponent and hurl punches at thin air.
He was 24 years old at the time of his death.
Buthelezi was seconds away from earning the vacant WBF African lightweight title when he began throwing punches at nothing in the final round of his most recent battle.
Simiso Buthelezi Cause of Death
Very scary in South Africa please 🙏🏼 for Simiso Buthelezi (4-1). At 2:43 of the 10th & final round, Siphesihle Mntungwa (7-1-2) falls through the ropes but then Buthelezi appears to lose his understanding of the present situation. Mntungwa takes the WBF African lightweight title pic.twitter.com/YhfCI623LB
— Tim Boxeo (@TimBoxeo) June 5, 2022
Late Simiso Buthelezi, who hails from KaZulu Natal, in South Africa, has a record of 4 wins, 2 by way of knockouts, and 1 draw and when he came into the WBF African lightweight title bout, he was already a professional with a record of 4-0. Simiso was in his fifth bout competing for the vacant World Boxing Federation African Lightweight title against Siphesilhe Mntungwa, before his demise after he suffered terrible bleeding in the brain after the WBF All Africa Title bout on Sunday.
Buthelezi’s condition was deemed stable by doctors after he was brought to a clinic in the South African city of Durban where he underwent a set of tests. In a devastating update, talkSPORT’s Michael Benson tweeted on Wednesday (June 8) that Buthelezi has died in hospital.
The announcement has shaken the boxing world, with a video of the contested battle going viral earlier this week.
After witnessing the incidents, the South African pundit became concerned and requested medical assistance.
“He turns, then stares at the referee, as if he wants to fight,” he stated.
Simiso Buthelezi, a South African fighter, contested again for African lightweight title on Saturday night, and moments before the final bell appeared to start hitting at thin air in the corner.
Simiso Buthelezi, a South African boxer, died following a weekend incident in which he punched an imaginary opponent.
Doctors were perplexed by the situation because Buthelezi had been landing the heavier shots throughout the competition. He was seconds away from winning a decision, but experts believe he may have entered the battle with an injury.
He had even put his competitor Mntungwa through to the ropes, and with a 4-0 record entering the battle, he was on his way to capturing his first professional title. Fans shared supportive messages for the young fighter on social media after video of the incident went viral.