South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has died of a brain injury

Simiso Buthelezi lost his way during a fight in South Africa.  -SABC Sports Live Screengrab

Simiso Buthelezi lost his way during a fight in South Africa. -SABC Sports Live Screengrab

Lightweight boxer Simiso Buthelezi, 24, died of a brain haemorrhage after a fight over the weekend in Durban, Boxing South Africa (BSA) reported Wednesday.

The 10-round World Boxing Federation All-Africa Bout against fellow South African Cefesihle Montungwa on Sunday was stopped by the referee when Buthelezi started punching in the air during the final round.

He was rushed to a hospital and placed in a coma when it was discovered that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage, but died on Tuesday.

The BSA added that an independent medical review of the tragedy would be conducted when coach Veki Mongomezulu said Buthelezi was perfectly healthy at the time of Bout’s build-up.

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