Sad 24 year old mbare boxer died after receiving severe punches in the head

A PROFESSIONAL non-title bout for an up-and-coming pugilist, Taurai Zimunya, ended in disaster after the boxer succumbed to head injuries sustained in a bantamweight contest.

He was 24.

This is the first time in Zimbabwe that a boxer has died from injuries sustained in a professional bout.

News of his death hit the local boxing community on the social media portal, Boxing Business Contacts, early yesterday morning.

The exact cause of his death could not immediately be ascertained.

But, following the ring brawl, which had to be called off, he was ferried to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, on oxygen support.

Reports say scans were done at Westend Clinic, to help the doctors ascertain the source of his injuries, but efforts to save his life were in vain, as he later died in the early hours of yesterday.

Zimunya was fighting Tinashe Majoni of the Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy, in one of 10 matches making up the “Rise of Champions” bill hosted by Otto Boxing Club, at Body Active Gym in Borrowdale, Harare, on Sunday.

This was the second time Zimunya was fighting the same opponent.

They first fought two years ago, when they took part in a fundraising event at the Harare International Conference Centre, hosted by former Energy Minister, Fortune Chasi.

Majoni walked away the winner.

Zimunya – whose pro debut was two ago when he fought Bongani Makovora –  had a stint with the Zimbabwe National Army boxing club.

His next port of call was the Legends Club of Mbare, under the tutelege of Nyaude.

And, in preparation of Sunday’s duel, he was working with coach Tarisai Ponde.

Zimbabwe Boxing and Wrestling Control Board general secretary, Lawrence Zimbudzana, described his death as “unfortunate and isolated.”

He said his office would soon issue a complete statement, when a full medical report has been provided by the medical practitioners, who attended to the late boxer.

“We are with his family and club in our prayers. What’s more painful is that the potential of such a young talent has been nipped in he bud,” he said.

He claimed all protocols, associated with the safe hosting of a tournament, had been fulfilled. Requirements by the Boxing and Wrestling Control Act demand that there be a ringside doctor, and an ambulance on standby, at every professional boxing event.

The “Rise of Champions” boxing extravaganza was the first time since July that boxing was making a return, following relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.

Enock Musambudzi beat Lazarus Sithole by TKO in the super-middleweight division contest while Freeman Mabvongwe also made short work of Clever Sithole, via the same verdict.

Hassan “Starboy” Milanzi was the better fighter in a duel against Shumba Boxing Club’s Given Daure. Manyuchi Boxing Academy had the biggest victory haul, with all their boxers posting wins, in their categories

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