Lwandile Sityatha Obituary, Death – According to a variety of local reports, Lwandile Sityatha, a former regional champion at flyweight and an IBO beltholder at junior bantamweight, passed away from injuries he sustained after being hit by a car. Sityatha was a former IBO beltholder at junior bantamweight. According to the South African news outlet Sowetan Live, a close friend of Sityatha said that Sityatha was hit by a car in the city of Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape and rushed to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday. Sityatha was struck by a car in the city of Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape.
Sityatha was 34 at the time of death. Sityatha was born on December 2nd, 1988, and the 15th of April, 2007 marked the beginning of his professional career. In 2012, he defeated Thembelani Maho via decision to become the champion of the South African flyweight division. In 2014, he defeated Edrin Dapudong via unanimous decision to take the junior bantamweight title held by the IBO.
After successfully defending the belt against Gideon Buthelezi and Michael Dasmarinas, Sityatha added to his wares in December 2015 with a points win over Ernest Saulong to collect a secondary WBO bantamweight belt. This victory allowed Sityatha to add to his collection of bantamweight titles. In his final bout, which took place in 2020 in East London and was won by Ronald Malindi via unanimous decision, Sityatha was defeated.
Sityatha, who was known by his ring name “The Angel,” finished his career with a record of 24 wins, seven knockouts, four losses, and one draw. The death of Sityatha brings the total number of South African fighters who have lost their lives this year to at least six. In October, another junior bantamweight regional champion, Simphiwe Pamana, passed away after apparently being struck by a car and having the driver flee the scene of the accident. His identity was determined after his body was brought to a morgue in East London.
Monelisi Myekeni, a contender in the flyweight division, passed away from cancer in August. The most notable instance of this occurred in June, when 24-year-old South African lightweight Simiso Buthelezi passed away suddenly from a brain hemorrhage after taking part in a fight in Durban that went viral. Buthelezi began behaving in an odd manner almost immediately after he had knocked down his opponent, and he was punching a corner post. The fight was stopped by the referee, and Buthelezi was rushed to the hospital, where he was put under medically induced sedation.
Zolani Marali, a former lightweight contender, was discovered dead in his apartment in Johannesburg in February, raising questions about whether or not his death was the result of criminal activity. According to recent reports, Theunis Kok, a well-known and exciting light heavyweight fighter who competed in the late 1970s and 1980s, passed away at the age of 65 earlier this month.