Botswana Super Lightweight Herbert Nkabiti Loses Comeback in South Africa, Dies Next Day
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Carnival City, South Africa (May 1st, 2017)– In a tragic bout result which did not appear in the BoxRec schedule, 36 year old Botswanan super lightweight Herbert Nkabiti, 10-3-1 with 10 knockouts, was stopped in a comeback bout attempt in South Africa by Willers Baloyi. The bout was a scheduled six rounder held on Friday night, April 28, 2017, at The Big Town Beat Down Friday Fight Night at Carnival City.
Details remain sketchy, including the round and time of the stoppage. After sustaining a big uppercut, Nkabiti complained to his corner he was having trouble breathing. Nkabiti was taken from the ring, sedated, and rushed by ambulance to Sunwood Hospital. A CAT scan revealed Kkabiti had an old hairline fracture in his skull.
Nkabiti was moved to Thelle Mogoerane, a state of the art medical facility in Vosloorus, in an attempt to save his life. Unfortunately, Nkabiti passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. His trainer, Manny Fernandez, remained with him until 6 A.M. when his family arrived. His family was with Nkabiti when he died.