Gatyeni on the mend
BOXER Thanduxolo Gatyeni, 26, was discharged from Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
He was admitted to hospital on Sunday following his defeat by Vusumzi Tyatyeka during a World Boxing Federation Intercontinental lightweight title fight at the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Saturday.
According to trainer Patrick Malgas, Gatyeni was taken to Khayelitsha Hospital after he was carried out of the ring following a ninth-round knockout by Tyatyeka. He was later transferred to Tygerberg after complaining of a severe headache.
"The results of scans have shown that there is nothing wrong with him," said Malgas.
It is the second time in less than a year that Gatyeni has been knocked out in the ring. The boxer, who is based in Cape Town but is from Lady Frere in Eastern Cape, was stopped by Godfrey Nzimande in the fifth round of a South African junior lightweight title fight in East London in May last year. Before the fight against Nzimande, Gatyeni had been unbeaten in 11 professional fights.
Promoter Mzimasi Mnguni said yesterday that was shocked "when I read about Gatyeni being hospitalised. Gatyeni is a very talented boxer and I'm sure he's going to be okay and will fight again."
Gatyeni is the second boxer to land in hospital after being stopped during a fight this month.
On June 2 Bongani Mfundisi from Duncan Village in East London was admitted to Frere Hospital after his seventh-round defeat by Simphiwe Khonco during a mini flyweight title contest at the Orient Theatre in East London. He has been advised to take a year off.