Boxer Simiso Buthelezi was taken to hospital to receive medical treatment after a very scary moment where he began to fight an invisible opponent during his fight over the weekend.
In the final round of his fight with Siphesihle Mntungwa for the WBF African lightweight title, Buthelezi and his opponent had a coming together on the ring ropes, with the fight temporarily halted to allow Mntungwa to return to his feet.
Very scary in South Africa please ???????? for Simiso Buthelezi (4-1). At 2:43 of the 10th & final round, Siphesihle Mntungwa (7-1-2) falls through the ropes but then Buthelezi appears to lose his understanding of the present situation. Mntungwa takes the WBF African lightweight title pic.twitter.com/YhfCI623LB
— Tim Boxeo (@TimBoxeo) June 5, 2022
Upon the resumption of the fight, Buthelezi appeared to lose his bearings and then began chasing down the referee rather than Mntungwa, before then throwing punches at thin air in the corner of the ring.
The referee immediately waved off the fight, and Buthelezi was taken to hospital for treatment. Boxing figure @TimBoxeo tweeted: At the time of the stoppage, Simiso Buthelezi was almost certainly headed to a 10 round decision victory and was removed from the ring under immediate medical care. The WBF made the right decision to postpone the belt ceremony for Mntungwa at the moment.
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"Sources share that Simiso Buthelezi is currently in stable condition in South Africa and in the next few days more will be learned as to what could have potentially caused a very scary and odd response in the ring."
Everyone at IntuBoxing wishes Buthelezi a quick and speedy recovery and hopes that he will be back to full strength soon.