The film was uploaded by the Twitter account for the boxing podcast Tim Boxeo, and it showed Buthelezi connecting with many blows as his opponent, Siphesihle Mntungwa (7-1-2), falling through the ropes before the referee separated the two men during the 10th and final round of the bout.
Buthelezi appears to approach in the direction of the referee — which shows a blazing light facing the camera — and punches at the air before the official calls the fight in favor of Mntungwa.
“Very terrifying in South Africa please for Simiso Buthelezi (4-1). Siphesihle Mntungwa (7-1-2) goes through the ropes at 2:43 of the 10th and last round, but Buthelezi looks to lose his knowledge of the current situation. Mntungwa takes the WBF African lightweight title,” the account wrote.
Buthelezi was expected to win by a 10-round decision, but was instead taken out of the ring and given immediate medical attention by first responders, while Mntungwa’s belt presentation was postponed by the World Boxing Federation.
The Tim Boxeo account had earlier provided an update indicating Buthelezi was in stable health and that further information will be revealed in the following days, but the post was later deleted.
“I am not the right person to share news on Mr Buthelezi’s medical situation,” the account wrote in a separate post. “I know many are interested in Mr Buthelezi’s condition, as am I, as we all continue to pray for his recovery.” I’ll wait and let those close to Buthelezi share confirmed and official updates as they become available.”
Musa Askan Yamak, an unbeaten Turkish-born German boxer, died last month after suffering a heart attack in the ring during a battle (May 14).
Yamak, 38, was knocked out in the second round by Ugandan veteran Hamza Askan Yamak and attempted to fight in the third, but slumped on the canvas before the round began, according to RT.com.