South African boxer Mzwanele Kompolo dies after first round KO

16/09/2015 21:41

South African boxer Mzwanele Kompolo has died after he was knocked out in the first round of a bout in Frere, in the Eastern Cape province.

The 22-year-old Kompolo collapsed in the ring after the TKO loss to Siphenathi Qampi in a light welterweight contest on Saturday.

He was taken to hospital, where he went into a coma.

Kompolo died on Tuesday.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said: "It is indeed sad to hear of this news involving the passing of this young upcoming athlete."