WBO All Africa lightweight champion Vetyeka hit by a speeding vehicle

16 April 2018 - 10:14 By Bongani Magasela
Simphiwe Vetyeka during the Four go to War Press Conference at Emperors Palace on October 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.
Simphiwe Vetyeka during the Four go to War Press Conference at Emperors Palace on October 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Recently crowned WBO All Africa lightweight champion Simpiwe 'V12" Vetyeka was hit by a speeding vehicle as he was opening the door of his car at Amalinda Road in East London at the weekend‚ his concerned promoter Ayanda Matiti has announced.

The 37 year old boxer from Mdantsane‚ Eastern Cape - a former SA and IBO bantamweight‚ and IBO and WBA Super featherweight champion - suffered two broken legs.

The vehicle that hit him is said to have sped off.

"That is not good news at all. (But) he is alive‚" said Matiti‚ who staged Vetyeka's title fight with Thompson "Silent Destroyer" Mokwana at Orient Theatre two weekends ago.

The promoter revealed that he visited his charge at Frere Hospital in East London on Saturday.

"He was at the operating theatre (on Sunday)‚" he said.

"They said he broke a few bones on both legs.

"He was examined and cleaned on Saturday and will be operated (on Monday).

Matiti said the observation at the hospital was that Vetyeka's high level of fitness helped him.

"If you ask me‚ will he walk again? The answer is yes‚" he said.

"They say if all goes well with his operation‚ it will take him six weeks to recover. I will be visiting him (on Monday)."

The 37-year-old Vetyeka‚ who was born in Duncan Village‚ has 30 wins and four losses.


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