A South African boxer has tragically passed away after the world saw his in-fight video that had everybody worried about his health.
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi died at the age of 24-years-old following his fight with Siphesihle Mntungwa on Sunday.
Footage of the bout showed Buthelezi attempting to throw punches at an opponent that wasn’t in front of him. After seeing him throw punches away from his opponent, the ref stepped in and called off the bout.
Buthelezi was transported to King Edward VIII Hospital where doctors discovered a brain bleed and placed the fighter in a medically-induced coma.
Boxing South Africa released a statement confirming Buthelezi’s death:
“It is with great sadness for Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family to announce the passing away of Mr. Simiso Buthelezi, who passed away last night on June 7 in hospital in Durban,” the statement read. “Towards the end of his bout, Mr Buthelezi collapsed and was taken to hospital and it was discovered that he suffered a brain injury which resulted in internal bleeding. At the hospital, Mr. Buthelezi was given the best care possible but he succumbed to the injury.”
Thoughts and prayers go out to his obviously devastated family and friends.