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.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.