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.
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
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.
are not enough in a situation like
this, and I am devastated”, said WBF
President Howard Goldberg who was
ringside in Durban.
Buthelezi and his family will remain
in our hearts, and I can only
imagine the pain they are going
he rest in peace.”