Up and coming South African fighter Mzwanele Kompolo tragically died Tuesday after he was stopped in the first round of a fight against Siphenathi Qampi.
The incident took place in Qampi’s hometown of Mount Frere, a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Following the stoppage, Kompolo collapsed in the ring and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he went into a coma.
This is the second death of a boxer in the province in less than a year.
The country’s sports ministry is still investigating the death of female boxer Phindile Mwelase, who died late last year.
Mwelase was knocked out by Liz Butler in a fight on October 10, 2014, in Pretoria. She died after failing to wake from a two-week coma on October 28th.
This is also the second death of a boxer in the past week alone.
Australian David Browne died on Monday after being knocked out in the 12th round of a fight against Carlo Magali on September 11.
Sports Minister Fikike Mbalula expressed his sadness in a short statement.
“It is indeed sad to hear of this news involving the passing of this young, upcoming athlete.”