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'Nsimbi' on the mend

By unknown | Sep 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Hendry "Nsimbi" Ngubane is recovering at Witbank General Hospital in Mpumalanga.

"I am doing okay except for headaches.

"I will undergo some X-rays tomorrow (Monday) just to double-check if nothing serious happened to my brain," he said yesterday from his hospital ward where was visited by stable mate Anthony "Blue Jaguar" Tshehla.

Nsimbi, 31, from Jozini in KwaZulu-Natal, whose skills are honed in Witbank by Lawrence Ngobeni, was admitted on Friday night. He collapsed in the sixth round of his junior welterweight fight with Norman Tshikawe.

Their fight formed part of World Sports Promotion's seven- fight programme at Graceland Casino in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

Ngubane had Tshikawe in all sorts of trouble early in the sixth round and a stoppage was looming.

But Tshikawe gained a second wind, turning the tables around. He bombed Ngubane with heavy artillery and "Nsimbi" hit the canvas with his face.

He lay there for a few seconds struggling to breathe. At a glance it looked like Ngubane was faking the injury, until his failure to respond to treatment - oxygen bottles - showed the seriousness of the situation. He was rushed to hospital.

A deafening silence of concern from the almost capacity crowd filled the boxing arena, which became as cold as a dentist's surgery. Boxing authorities rightly cancelled the last bout between Schoeman Sindane and Tumelo Mabusha.

Meanwhile, Jozsef "Hangman" Nagy from Hungary came back from five knockdowns to stop Zack Mwekassa in the sixth round for the vacant WBF cruiserweight title.

Mwekassa, looking like he was carved from stone, overworked himself in the early stages and ran out of steam - period.

He suffered his first defeat after eight wins (7 KOs) and a disqualification, while Nagy improved to 18 wins against two defeats.

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