Lwandile Sityatha, South Africa’s Junior Bantamweight, has died at the age of 34 | Biden News

Lwandile Sityatha, South Africa’s Junior Bantamweight, has died at the age of 34

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Lwandile Sityatha, a former regional flyweight contender and holder of the IBO bantamweight belt, has succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a car, according to various local reports. appear.

A close friend of Sityatha told South African media Sowetan Live that Sityatha was hit by a car in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, where he was rushed to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, where he died on Friday.

Sityatha is 34 years old.

Born on December 2, 1988, Sityatha made his professional debut on April 15, 2007. He won the South African show jumping title with a decision over Thembelani Maho in 2012. In 2014, he defeated Edrin Dapudong to win the IBO junior bantamweight belt.

After successful belt defenses against Gideon Buthelezi and Michael Dasmarinas, Sityatha added to his portfolio in December 2015 with a points win over Ernest Saulong for his second WBO belt. Sityatha fought his last fight in 2020, a unanimous decision loss to Ronald Malindi in East London.

Nicknamed “The Angel”, Sityatha finished his career with a record of 24 wins (7 KOs) against 4 losses and 1 draw.

Sityatha’s death is at least the sixth South African fighter to die this year.

In October, the county’s black heavyweight player Simphiwe Pamana also died after being hit by a car in an unprecedented incident. His body was found in a mortuary in east London.

In August, contestant Monelis Myekeni died of cancer.

Most notably, in June, Simiso Buthelezi, a South African heavyweight, tragically died of a brain haemorrhage following a brawl in Durban. Not long after defeating his opponent, Buthelezi began to do strange things, throwing punches in a corner. The referee stopped the fight and Buthelezi was rushed to the hospital where he was placed in a critical condition.

In February, former heavyweight contender Zolani Marali was found dead at his home in Johannesburg, prompting allegations of foul play.

Theunis Kok, a popular heavyweight fighter from the 1970s and 1980s, reportedly died last month at the age of 65.


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