Simiso Buthelezi Biography
Simiso Buthelezi was a South African professional boxer. He made his debut on December 21, 2019 against Simanga Ngcobo at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg. The boxer was undefeated in the ring prior his last fight against Siphesihle Mntungwa. In his short career spanning 2019-2022, Buthelezi faced other opponents including Linda Voko, Luvo Xhomfo and Kwenzokuhle Qwabe. He had recently graduated university with a degree in botany and zoology.
Simiso Buthelezi Death
South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi died after a WBF African lightweight title fight against Siphesihle Mntungwa on June 5, 2022 at the Greyville Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Buthelezi was in the final minute of a 10-round bout against Siphesihle Mntungwa when he went on the attack, and his opponent stumbled backwards between the ropes.
Buthelezi, untouched for most of the bout, then turned his back on Mntungwa and began to shadow box towards the corner of the ring, at which point referee Elroy Marshall quickly called the fight off and called for the medics.
Buthelezi was rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had a brain bleed. He was placed into a medically induced coma. He died on Tuesday June 7, 2022, Boxing South Africa confirmed in a statement.
BSA released the following statement on Wednesday, June 8, 2022: “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.
“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.”
It is unclear how he suffered the injury, as he had taken no heavy blows to the head during the fight, and his trainer told the media that Buthelezi had been in perfect health before the bout.
Trainer Bheki Mngomezulu said via News24: “There wasn’t anything untoward in the fight and in training. He was leading the fight on points before the unfortunate incident occurred.
“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 with regards to his condition. He was in good nick before the fight.”
Simiso Buthelezi Age
Simiso Buthelezi died on June 7, 2022. He was 24 years old.
Simiso Buthelezi Cause of Death
An official cause of death has yet to be determined.