Jacques van der Westhuyzen
Head of Sport
1 minute read
8 Jun 2022
12:35 pm

RIP Simiso Buthelezi: South African boxer passes on after Durban fight

Jacques van der Westhuyzen

The lightweight boxer suffered a head injury in a title fight in Durban on Sunday.

Boxer Simiso Buthelezi has died following a fight in Durban on Sunday. Picture: SABC Sport

South African lightweight boxer Simiso Buthelezi has died.

Buthelezi, who seemed to lose consciousness during a World Boxing Federation Africa lightweight title fight in Durban on Sunday, passed away on Tuesday night.

Simiso Buthelezi vs Siphesihle Mntungwa

He had been in an induced coma after losing his bearings in the 10th round in his fight with Siphesihle Mntungwa.

Footage that did the rounds on social media on Sunday and Monday showed the boxer, seconds after knocking his opponent to the ground, punching at thin air and mistaking the referee for his opponent.

Seeing that Buthelezi was in no shape to continue the fight, the referee immediately ended the bout.

At the time, Buthelezi’s trainer, Bheki Mngomezulu, confirmed the boxer was in a coma, adding: “He’s not talking, moving, or doing anything right now”.

“The doctors say there could be a blood clot on the brain due to a blow to the head.”

His training said he “didn’t see him taking serious blows during the fight”, and he suspected something similar was at play.

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Brain trauma and internal bleeding

Boxing South Africa shared the news of his passing on Wednesday morning.

“It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Simiso Buthelezi,” read a statement by BSA and the Buthelezi family.

The statement further mentions he suffered a brain injury which resulted in internal bleeding.

BSA said they would conduct an independent medical review of the injury and will then make public the results.

No funeral arrangements have been made.