South African boxer dead, the adversary's drama: "I am thinking of suicide"

“I didn’t kill Simiso. Even my neighbors posted very bad messages about me. I’m not safe anymore, I just have suicide.” A death in the ring never remains an isolated drama. Simiso Buthelezi he was a stranger, even to those who are well into boxing. He had few matches, he was about to win the fifth as a professional: it would have allowed him to improve his conditions. Maybe he would become a champion, probably not, and maybe he would work in the fields of botany and zoology, subjects in which he had graduated a few days before the fatal match. A night that he has been talking about so much for the heartbreaking, dramatic ending. Images that have been around the world: he who mills blows towards an opponent who is not there, the referee who stops him, the race to the hospital after a cerebral hemorrhage is detected that will end his life.

Suicide. This word, pronounced in an outburst at Sowetan Live, is enough to make the drama of the other understood, too, Suphesivile Mutunguia. “I received heavy criticism and insults on social media platforms when Simiso was hospitalized. Now that he is dead the situation has worsened.” Insults that Mutunguia does not deserve, among other things, the images of the match testify that there were no particularly bloody blows. If anything, the doubts are upstream: was Simiso in a position to get into the ring? His coach assured him yes, but a commission in charge of the incident will give more clarification.

Simiso Buthelezi, the boxer who wanted to hit an opponent who wasn’t there, died

by Luigi Panella



The drama that will always accompany Suphesivile remains, just as it has also accompanied much more famous boxers than him, some of the real legends. A couple of examples without making a sad list. When in February 1933 Ernie Shaaf died after suffering the blows of Primo Carnera, the Italian giant no longer wanted to fight (the challenge for the world heavyweight title awaited him). It was a letter from the mother of the unfortunate German-born boxer that convinced him to retrace his steps. Many years later, in 1982, the punch that changed boxing making it more controlled and safe. The punch too much, “the one I don’t wish I had given and that I don’t forgive.” Ray Boom Boom Mancini gave it to Duk Koo Kim after a wildly intense encounter. The Korean didn’t make it: after a short time he also committed suicide his mother, a year passed and the referee shot himself. And Mancini, a boy who was 21 at the time and inflamed the crowds of America, saw his future written in that fist: years in which he had to facing the most difficult match against an opponent who never lets his guard down.

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