Rest In Peace, Simiso Buthelezi

It is with great sadness the World Boxing Federation (WBF) has learned that 24-year-old South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has passed away.

On his way to victory, and seemingly without being hit by serious punches, Buthelezo was hospitalized with a bleed on the brain, collapsing in the final seconds of his WBF All Africa title fight against Siphesihle Mntungwa on June 5 in Durban.

Simiso Buthelezi: World Boxing Federation (WBF) Official Statement

Our deepest condolences and all our thoughts go to his family, friends and everyone who knew him as the excellent young man and boxer he was.

While he was a warrior inside the ring, and certainly a potential future world champion, he was also educating himself outside the ring and recently graduated from university with a degree in botany.

“Words are not enough in a situation like this, and I am devastated”, said WBF President Howard Goldberg who was ringside in Durban.

“Simiso Buthelezi and his family will remain in our hearts, and I can only imagine the pain they are going through.”

“May he rest in peace.”

The WBC mourns the passing of Simiso Buthelezi

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar, and the entire WBC Family mourn the passing of Simiso Buthelezi of South Africa, who died after suffering a brain hemorrhage following a fight at the weekend.

Buthelezi fought a lightweight bout against compatriot Siphesihle Mntungwa on Sunday, but the referee stopped the fight when he appeared to shadow box an unseen opponent.

He was rushed to the hospital and put into an induced coma after it was discovered that he had a brain hemorrhage, but unfortunately he passed away.

The entire WBC family mourns this irreparable loss and we send our deepest condolences to the family of Simiso Buthelezi.

Rest in peace.