A South African boxer, has expressed suicidal thoughts following the death of opponent Simiso Buthelezi
After his tragic match with Simiso Buthelezi, South African boxer Siphesihle Mntungwa claims to be on the verge of suicide due to the hatred he has received.
When Buthelezi fought in Durban on Sunday, he was forced to quit by the ref after seeming to be battling an imaginary opponent by throwing punches at empty air.
Forcing his opponent into the ropes after an unprovoked confrontation was all Buthelezi needed to win round 10.
At that point, though, it became evident that something had gone horribly wrong.
On the replay, Buthelezi’s opponent jabbed him in the face, and the in-command fighter was shown slumping on the ropes.
He then looked to lose his bearings — instead of heading toward his opponent, he focused on the referee and did not seem to notice when the official stepped out of the way.
This resulted in his throwing his fists at nothing but empty space.
Mntungwa was granted the WBF African championship when the referee halted the bout and Mntungwa mimicked Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Sui’ celebration in order to celebrate his victory.
Buthelezi was rushed to a hospital and taken into an induced coma, but he died on Wednesday.
When Mntungwa’s opponent died, social media users began hurling abuse at him in response.
And he expressed concern that he “can not take it any more.”.
As he told Sowetan LIVE, “I came under heavy criticism and insults on social media platforms when Simiso was hospitalised; it has taken another level now that he has passed away,”
“I just can’t take it anymore. One thing is left for me – I am going to kill myself.”
A week after his opponent’s tragic demise, the 27-year-old boxer from KwaXimba, Cato Ridge, has disclosed that even his neighbours have turned against him.
“Even my neighbours have posted very ugly messages about me on social media,” says Mntungwa.
“I am no longer safe. I did not kill Simiso; we may have been involved in a boxing fight but it was not a matter of life and death.
“All I wanted was to win the title, which maybe was going to help change my life and that of my family.
“It is sad and very painful, but I did not go in that boxing with an intention to kill him.”