Boxer filmed punching invisible opponent in viral video dies from brain injuries

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South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi has tragically died in hospital after suffering from a brain injury during a bout that caused him to turn his back on his rival and throw punches at thin air.

Chilling footage emerged of Buthelezi throwing punches at nothing in the final round of his latest fight when he was seconds away from winning the vacant WBF African lightweight title having got the better of his opponent throughout.

Buthelezi appeared to be in control against Siphesihle Mntungwa, but after his opponent slipped through the ropes towards the spectators Buthelezi's actions caused the referee to stop the fight.

Doctors declared that Buthelezi's condition was stable after he was rushed to hospital in the South African city of Durban, where he underwent a series of tests.

In a heartbreaking update, Michael Benson of talkSPORT tweeted on Wednesday (June 8) that Buthelezi had died in hospital.

The announcement has shook the boxing world, with the video of the fight in question going viral earlier in the week.

The South African commentator was left with worry after seeing the events unfold, calling for medical attention.

He said: "He turns, then looks at the referee, carrying on like he wants to fight.

"Yet throwing punches, he doesn't know where he is."

One emotional fan said in response: "I have no words…. May he rest in peace. Scary scary stuff."

With a second saying: "Terrible news. Was absolutely scary and horrible to see what happened!"

With a third saying: "It's so easy to forget that fighters are literally putting their lives on the line every time they step into the ring. RIP Simiso Buthelezi."

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