South African boxer Siphesihle Mntungwa claims to be on the point of suicide over the quantity of abuse he has confronted following his deadly battle with Simiso Buthelezi.
The light-weight contest that passed off final Sunday in Durban led to disturbing circumstances as Buthelezi needed to be stopped by the referee for throwing punches at skinny air and seemingly preventing an invisible opponent.
Within the tenth spherical, Buthelezi was in charge of the battle and compelled his opponent by the ropes throughout a seemingly innocuous trade.
However when the referee restarted the motion it rapidly grew to become clear one thing had gone terribly fallacious.
A replay confirmed Buthelezi took a jab to the chin from his opponent earlier than he fell, with the in-command boxer himself briefly slumping on the ropes.
Buthelezi then appeared to lose his bearings – as an alternative of strolling towards his opponent, he directed his consideration in direction of the referee and didn’t seem to grasp when the official moved out of the way in which.
It left him watching an empty nook of the ring and swinging punches at skinny air.
The referee instantly stopped the battle, and the win was awarded to Mntungwa, who celebrated his WBF African title by mimicking Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo‘s ‘Sui’ celebration.
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Buthelezi was taken to hospital and positioned into an induced coma, however on Wednesday it was introduced that he had died.
Following the dying of his opponent, Mntungwa has been bombarded with hateful and abusive messages on social media.
And he has worryingly mentioned he ‘can’t take it any extra’.
“I got here underneath heavy criticism and insults on social media platforms when Simiso was hospitalised; it has taken one other stage now that he has handed away,” he advised Sowetan LIVE.
“I simply can’t take it anymore. One factor is left for me – I’m going to kill myself.”
The 27-year-old fighter from KwaXimba, Cato Ridge, has revealed that even his neighbours have turned towards him following the unlucky dying of his opponent.
“Even my neighbours have posted very ugly messages about me on social media,” Mntungwa mentioned.
“I’m not protected. I didn’t kill Simiso; we could have been concerned in a boxing battle however it was not a matter of life and dying.
“All I wished was to win the title, which possibly was going to assist change my life and that of my household.
“It’s unhappy and really painful, however I didn’t go in that boxing with an intention to kill him.”