By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Boxer Simisio Buthelezi has passed away. He was 24.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, according to the family, he passed away from a brain bleed.
Buthelezi is the boxer, who was punching the air in a shocking video clip that went viral. He was competing in a WBF African Lightweight title match in Durban, South Africa against Siphesihle Mntungwa.
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In the video, Buthelezi knocked Mntungwa down. Then, something caused him to walk towards the official and punch into the air in the corner.
The referee immediately stopped the bought. This gave Mntungwa a 10th-round TKO win.
Buthelezi was later placed into an induced coma, according to ESPN. MMAFighting.com has shared the following statement below:
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“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 the 7th June 2022 at hospital in Durban,” Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family said in a statement. “On the 5th June 2022, Mr. Buthelezi participated in a Boxing Tournament hosted by Starline Boxing Promotions in Greyville, Durban. Towards the end of the bout, Mr. Buthelezi collapsed and was taken to a hospital, it was discovered at the hospital that he suffered a brain injury (that) resulted in internal bleeding. At the hospital, Mr. Buthelezi was given the best care possible but he however succumbed to the injury last night as aforesaid.”
The announcement said that Boxing South Africa will do a review of his injury. Once their investigation is complete, they will release the information to the public.
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“The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa acknowledge warm words of condolences of the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture,” the statement also said. “The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa will in due course make (an) announcement on funeral 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 passing away of this great boxer who was exemplary both outside and inside the ring.”
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