Simiso Buthelezi was a professional boxer from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He competed as a lightweight during his career.
He was a young man who had his whole career ahead of him, having fought only four professional bouts in his time as a pugilist.
The young boxer was undefeated before he suffered the fatal injury in the match; he was on course to add another victory to his record. He had a record of 4-1 following his latest match.
Simiso has two knockouts to his name and was in the ring to compete for the vacant World Boxing Federation African Lightweight title against Siphesilhe Mntungwa in only his fifth bout.
His opponent, Mntungwa, has a 6-1-2 record.
Buthelezi’s tragic death has thrown the boxing world into despair.
Simiso Buthelezi Cause Of Death: How Did Simiso Buthelezi Die?
The South African pugilist passed away after sustaining a brain injury during a match on Sunday in Durban.
Simiso unloaded an avalanche of punches on his opponent, causing him to fall through the ropes. Buthelezi however, strangely began punching in the direction of the referee before going to the corner and throwing shots as if he was shadow-boxing.
The referee stopped the match and Simiso was rushed to the hospital, where he was put in an induced coma. He died shortly after at the age of 24.