A young boxer was killed on Monday, November 1, after being knocked out in a fight in Harare on Saturday, October 30.
Zimbabwean boxer Taurai Zimunya, 24, died following a knockout in a fight between him and Tinashe Majoni on October 31. The victim collapsed in the 3rd round of 6, after receiving several blows to the head. After the knockout, he was rushed to hospital; and died two days later, Monday, November 1. The information was made public on Wednesday, November 3.
Zimunya’s trainer Tatenda Gada is inconsolable. « We have been robbed of one of our best prospects, » he cries. I worked with him for four years, watched him grow and he was our future. «
In a press release; the Zimbabwean boxing federation assures that « all necessary medical procedures have been followed ». She also said: « Emergency medical assistance was provided on the spot before he was taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital, where he received further medical treatment. The autopsy report on the actual cause of his condition. death has yet to be obtained from the experts « .
In a statement to BBC Sport Africa, Federation Secretary General Lawrence Zimbudzana announced, « For now we will focus on the burial, then we will focus on examining the issues.»
These remarks could imply that the work of the arbitrator will be closely studied; because the images – shocking – facts show that the fight was not interrupted when the winner unleashed on his opponent, even though he appeared already completely stunned. It was only once the latter was on the ground that the referee noticed the knockout.
A case that shakes a whole country and that makes the headlines. But the Zimbabwean boxing federation will try to elucidate, in the coming days, the reasons for this tragedy. An investigation in this direction is already open.
Crédit photo: NewZimbabwe.com