Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has passed away after he was hospitalised following a disturbing end to his recent fight.
On Sunday, Buthelezi was in a WBF African lightweight title fight against Siphesihle Mntungwa at the Greyville Convention Centre in Durban.
Buthelezi collapsed towards the end and was taken to hospital, where it was discovered he’d suffered a brain injury.
It resulted in internal bleeding.
Buthelezi succumbed to the injury on Tuesday night.
Boxing South Africa (BSA) confirmed the incident in a joint statement with the boxer’s family.
They praised Buthelezi as “a great boxer who was exemplary both outside and in the ring” and the BSA also said it would conduct an independent medical investigation into the incident.
“At the hospital, Mr. Buthelezi received the best care possible but succumbed to his injury.
“Boxing South Africa will conduct an independent medical investigation into the injury and then publish the results of that medical investigation.
“The Buthelezi family and BSA thank the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture for the warm words of condolence,” the statement said.