South Africa

SA boxer loses coma fight

2014-10-28 00:16
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Johannesburg - Female professional boxer Phindile Mwelase has died after being in a coma for two weeks, the sport and recreation ministry said on Monday.

Mwelase, 31, died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Saturday, it said in a statement.

The light welterweight boxer slipped into a coma after being knocked out in fight against Liz Butler in Pretoria on October 10.

"Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again learnt of the passing away of another promising sporting talent of this country.

"Mwelase lost the battle and succumbed to her untimely death on 25th October," the ministry said.

According to boxrec.com, Mwelase had taken part in four fights, suffering three losses (including the knockout leading to the coma), and a draw.

It brought the number of sporting deaths to three since Friday. Former 800m Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in Vosloorus on Sunday.

Friends, fans and family of Phindile Mwelase are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for her, on her profile at Remembered.co.za.

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