Boxer Simiso Buthelezi shed his lifestyle at the age of 24 past week, adhering to a WBF African light-weight title combat versus Siphesihle Mntungwa two times earlier.
In a video that has emerged, Buthelezi can be observed throwing punches into vacant room during the combat, looking disoriented following owning moved his target absent from Mntungwa.
In an job interview for Sowetan Are living, Mntungwa disclosed that he has obtained insults on social media.
The boxer stressed that he was not at fault for his opponent’s demise and spoke about probably committing suicide.
“I came into heavy criticism and received insults on social media platforms when Simiso was hospitalised,” Mntungwa mentioned.
“It has taken yet another level now that he has passed absent.
“I just are not able to get it any more. Just one matter is left for me. I am likely to destroy myself.
“Even my neighbours have posted quite ugly messages about me on social media. I am no longer safe and sound.
“I did not destroy Simiso. We could have been involved in a boxing struggle but it was not a make a difference of lifetime and loss of life.
“All I required was to gain the title, which maybe was going to aid transform my daily life and that of my relatives.
“I am the only one particular doing the job at house, the place I remain with my younger brother, my aunt and her small children. My mom died when I was 4 my father is continue to alive but we really don’t keep with him.
“So, winning that title was likely to aid me fiscally. But people today have branded me a killer. It could have been me.”
His coach seeks specialist enable for Mntungwa
Mntungwa‘s coach, Mmeli Mkhize, disclosed that the strain place on his boxer is so substantial that he was not able to go to Buthelezi‘s funeral or provide condolences to his loved ones.
Adhering to these statements by Mntungwa, his mentor is already trying to get qualified help to enable him overcome the pressure he is under and shake away his suicidal views.