Freak knock­out blow

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Richard Springo­rum

A ROU­TINE train­ing ses­sion turned into a night­mare for Garage Boys mixed mar­tial artist Buks Stry­dom (55) fol­low­ing a freak ac­ci­dent on Thurs­day evening.

Stry­dom went for his usual 3km warm-up jog with train­ing part­ner Nkany­iso Mad­hevu.

Dur­ing their run, a pass­ing bakkie’s tail gate swung open and the cat­tle cage flew off, con­nect­ing Stry­dom on the head, leav­ing him un­con­scious and bleed­ing on the road.

The driver failed to stop and Mad­hevu sprung into ac­tion, wav­ing down a pass­ing car down to help his club-mate.

Stry­dom was taken to the Life Em­pan­geni Gar­den Clinic for treat­ment, while Mad­hevu ran back to the club­house at 5 Ways Mall to in­form their coach, Tie­nie de Beer, about the in­ci­dent.

On ar­rival at the hos­pi­tal, they found the driver of the bakkie, who said he felt bad about the in­ci­dent and wanted to make en­quiries about Stry­dom’s con­di­tion.

Stry­dom re­ceived seven stitches on the fore­head and suf­fered a bruised jaw, but after spend­ing the night un­der ob­ser­va­tion and pass­ing X-ray and brain scans, he was cleared fit to go home the next day.

Stry­dom will start work to­day (Mon­day) and be back in train­ing in a week’s time.

A case of neg­li­gent driv­ing has been opened.

‘Cage’ fight floors mar­tial arts fighter

Buks Stry­dom re­ceived seven stitches to his fore­head after be­ing struck by the fly­ing cage

Buks Stry­dom was cleared to go home the fol­low­ing day

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