KZN boxer in ICU with induced coma after bizarre shadowboxing session in title fight

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KwaZulu-Natal boxer Simiso Buthelezi just before his fight was stopped.
KwaZulu-Natal boxer Simiso Buthelezi just before his fight was stopped.
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  • Pugilist Simiso Buthelezi has been put into a coma in a Durban hospital after a bizarre event at a bout on Sunday.
  • While up against Siphesihle Mntungwa in Greyville, Buthelezi inexplicably started to shadowbox while his opponent was behind him.
  • The bout was a 10-round World Boxing Federation All Africa Lightweight fight that Mntungwa won. 


Lightweight boxer Simiso Buthelezi has been put into an induced coma at a Durban hospital after losing his bearings in a bout that took place in Durban on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Buthelezi was engaged in a 10-round World Boxing Federation All Africa Lightweight fight where he took what seemed like an innocuous left jab from his opponent, Siphesihle Mntungwa.

After referee Elroy Marshall separated the boxers, Buthelezi wandered off to another corner and looked like he was shadowboxing while his opponent stood behind him.

Marshall then stopped the fight, which then saw Mntungwa claim the title.

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