Mzansi boxer Simiso “Gandaganda” Buthelezi has died in hospital after suffering a brain injury during his last fight.
Buthelezi’s WBF African lightweight title bout against Siphesihle Mntungwa ended in disturbing circumstances with the referee stopping it after the former appeared to be throwing punches at thin air.
The incident left fans worried and bewildered with Buthelezi rushed to hospital, where he later lost his battle.
This happened in KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend.Buthelezi was initially put into an induced coma, but on Wednesday it was announced that he had died.
“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,” read a joint statement from BSA and the Buthelezi family.
“Boxing South Africa will conduct an independent medical review of the injury and will then make public the results of that medical review.
“The Buthelezi family and Boxing South Africa acknowledges warm words of condolences of the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture.
“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.”