Update 06/08/2022 9:28am:
A video of a boxing match in South Africa went viral, as it highlighted a sc’ary moment of Simiso Buthelezi turning away from his opponent, pu’nching the air, and seemingly fig’hting an invisible opponent.
The ref called the fig’ht after the incident with Buthelezi, who was hospitalized and put in a medically induced co’ma after internal bl’eeding was discovered. On Wednesday (June 8), it was announced that the 24-year-old athlete had pas’sed away.
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
A joint statement with Buthelezi’s family and Boxing South Africa (BSA) reads: “It is with great sadness for Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family to announce the pas’sing away of Mr. Simiso Buthelezi who pas’sed away last night the 7th June 2022 at a hospital in Durban.
“Boxing South Africa will conduct an independent medical review of the in’jury and will then make public the results of that medical review. The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa acknowledge warm words of cond’olences of the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture.
“The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa will in due course make announcement on fune’ral arrangements.
“Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family wishes to request members of the public and the media to give them space while mourning the pas’sing away of this great boxer who was exemplary both outside and inside the ring.”
Source: Talk Sports
Original 06/06/2022 4:16pm:
Recently, a boxing match that went down in South Africa found a sc’ary moment happening where one boxer ended up fig’hting an invisible opponent.
Simiso Buthelezi was fig’hting Siphesihle Mntungwa for the WBF African lightweight title. While in the 10th round of the fig’ht, Simiso was winning in the fig’ht, when things seemingly took a turn. In the final round, Mntungwa was kno’cked through the rop’es, but got up.
The referee cleared Mntungwa to fight, but Buthelezi turned to the ref, then squared up like he was his opponent. After the ref moved out of the way, the fig’hter began to swing at the air continuously, which made the ref call the fig’ht.
Buthelezi was repor’tedly taken to a local hosp’ital, where he was listed to be in sta’ble condition. Watch the clip above.