After Simiso Buthelezi appeared disoriented in a bout, during a boxing match that took place on Sunday in Durban.
Boxing South Africa has announced the passing of Buthelezi after being in an induced coma. After several scans, it was revealed that he had suffered internal bleeding, which was due to a brain injury.
It has been reported that the 24-year-old boxer was engaged in a 10-round boxing match. The World Boxing Federation All African Lightweight fight where he took a left jab from opponent Siphesihle Mntungwa is suspected to have caused his injury.
The BSA said that they would conduct an independent medical review of Buthelezi’s injury and would share the results with the public.
According to his trainer Bheki Mngomezulu, he cannot seem to come to an understanding of what exactly happened to the boxer.
“I really can’t explain what happened, to be honest. It was bewildering, but in his training and in the build-up to the fight, there was nothing untoward in regard to his condition”, said the coach.
Boxing curators stated that they discovered the brain injury after he was rushed to the hospital.
“It was discovered at the hospital that he suffered a brain injury which resulted in internal bleeding. At the hospital, Mr. Buthelezi was given the best care possible, but he, however, succumbed to the injury’.
Many fans took to social media to send their condolences to the Buthelezi family.
The Buthelezi family has since released a statement acknowledging the public’s condolences.
“The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa acknowledge the warm words of condolences of the Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture”.
The funeral arrangements of the now late Somiso Buthelezi will be announced in due course. The family has since requested that the public allow them the space required to mourn the loss of their loved one.