Sugar turns sour for Flo Simba

2011-10-01 21:33

Some brilliant boxing scribe and wordsmith ingeniously dubbed the sport “sugar in the sweet science”.

Now diabetes, commonly known as sugar, could seriously threaten or perhaps end the career of knockout artist Flo “Black Panther” Simba.

Simba, a man who knocked out 10 of his 13 adversaries, suffers from diabetes and his career could be over.

The boxer’s manager Brian Mitchell confirmed that his fighter was battling the disease.

This followed Simba’s first round technical knockout defeat against Danie Venter at Emperors Palace eight days ago.
The DR Congo-born Simba was once considered South Africa’s black heavyweight hope by some experts.

Dr Moeder Madisha, a general practitioner said: “If the boxer’s sugar is well-controlled, there should be no complications.

But the danger is that if the sugar is low or high, he could collapse in the ring and consequences may be disastrous.”

The Simba vs Venter battle reads like a script from Hell: “A hopeless fighter is hand-picked to revive the career of a declining fighter but sends him to limbo.”

Venter was believed to be a sheep led to the slaughter by fight followers, and people were concentrating exclusively on the round in which he would fall. But he rose to the occasion when he took less than a round to dispose of Simba.

Rather than Venter’s quick victory, Simba’s defeat made the headlines.

A stunned Mitchell said: “We are not certain what contributed to my man’s defeat, possibly diabetes could be responsible.?

We will discuss the future of the boxer and if retirement is an option, so be it.’’

Mitchell added that perhaps Simba needed to take a break from the game for about two years and concentrate on his civil engineering studies at the University of Johannesburg.

Boxing personality Jeff Ellis echoed Mitchell’s sentiments. “Simba could be experiencing a glass jaw as he has been wobbled a few times,” said Ellis.

There are other boxers who have had to retire due to ill-health or injury. Hope Sole suffered brain damage after his fateful fight against Lawrence Ngobeni in 1995.

And Toto Mokorotlo and Sakhumzi Magxwalisa called it a day after being declared medically unfit by doctors in the 1990s, among others.

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