Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Oosthuizen Misses Weight, Sweats Down To Make Limit

Johannesburg – There was an unexpected scare at Friday's weight-in for the “Last Man Standing” boxing bill at Emperors Palace when Tommy Oosthuizen was more than 1.5 pounds over his prescribed weight limit.

The much-vaunted IBO super middleweight champion was given two hours to sweat off the excess weight and meet the 168 pound limit for Saturday night's title defence against Colombian Fulgenico Zuniga.

Oosthuizen would defend his title for the sixth time against 35 year-old veteran Zuniga in a homecoming bout following the South African's victory against Rowland Bryant in New York.

It is a fight Oosthuizen dare not lose, with a lucrative programme already lined up for him when he returns to the United States early next year.

“Fighting in America has been a real eye-opener,” said Oosthuizen, “but there is nothing like hearing the buzz and getting into the ring in front of you own fans as a motivator.”

The durable, but ageing Zuniga is seemingly a hand-picked opponent for South Africa's fast-rising champion.

Despite a commendable career record of 25 wins and five defeats, Zuniga has lost two of his last four fights, with the victory over an opponent ranked 59th by the IBO his best result during the twilight of his career.

Despite the presence of two IBO title fights involving South Africans, the six-bout programme is headed by an intriguing finale to Golden Gloves innovative “Super Eight” series.

A revived Danie Venter and the destructive Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu defied the odds and accounted for the pre-tournament favourites and will face each other for the R300 000 “Last Man Standing” winners' purse.

The winner will be crowned the African Boxing Union's cruiserweight champion and represent the continent when the WBC stage their version of a World Cup, in which all the continents with affiliation to the organisation will be represented.

“It is truly a fight in which you could spin a coin to determine the winner,” said Golden Gloves publicist Brian Mitchell.

“Venter and Mchunu have totally different styles and they can both punch. For sure their fight will not be a tepid affair. It's going to be explosive.”

Trainer Harold Volbrecht was afforded the opportunity of bringing off a double in the IBO title fights on Saturday night, not only as Oosthuizen's long-time mentor, but also recently adding junior bantamweight challenger Gideon Buthelezi to his stable.

Buthelezi, a former IBO champion in a lower division, would be up against The Philippines' Edrin Dapudong for the IBO junior bantamweight title.

An uncharacteristic element of modesty in pre-tournament verbal sparring replaced the more traditional boxing ballyhoo.

Instead of the more familiar and provocative sentiment, the general tone of the fighters was that they would do the talking in the ring.

This was shared by visiting boxers Dapudong and Zuniga, who had little more to say than that they were delighted to be in South Africa.

Also on the Emperors bill is a bout between South Africa's fast-rising, unbeaten Rayno Liebenberg and Zambia's Donald Kampamba for the IBO's All Africa light heavyweight title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tmann400 on 11-10-2012

[QUOTE=mathed;12680633]I think Oosthuizen could beat the "top" guys at 168. He has the skills and body attributes to turn that division upside down.[/QUOTE]Really?...Don't get me wrong, Oosthuizen is a solid prospect, but I can't imagine him beating guys like Kessler,…

Comment by mathed on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12680746]Yea but he just missed weight tho. So how long is he gonna be able to stay at 168? [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] Hoping it was just a miscalculation of some sort and not an issue with inability…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 11-09-2012

[quote=mathed] I think Oosthuizen could beat the "top" guys at 168. He has the skills and body attributes to turn that division upside down. [/quote] Yea but he just missed weight tho. So how long is he gonna be able…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 11-09-2012

Looks like a Golovkin catchweight fight won't happen then.

Comment by mathed on 11-09-2012

I think Oosthuizen could beat the "top" guys at 168. He has the skills and body attributes to turn that division upside down.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Horn Admits Interest in Facing Mundine Before Crawford Jamal James Crushes Diego Chaves With Body Shot Knockout John Molina Gets Off The Floor, Drills Ivan Redkach in Epic Slugfest Omotoso Overcomes Slow Start, Out-Points Freddy Hernandez Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios, Benavidez-Gavril II Eyed For 2/17 Video: Bernard Hopkins on Loma-Rigo, Wilder-Joshua, More Video: Tyson Fury Talks Loma, Wilder, Joshua, More Saunders: I'm in Lemieux's Head, I'll Break His Heart! Horn: Very Few Picked Me To Beat Pacquiao, I'll Beat Crawford Too! Tyson Fury Moves Trainers: Leaves Uncle Peter, Hires Davison Lemieux Laughs: Saunders Can KO Me? Maybe With a Baseball Bat! WBA Confirm: Povetkin is Now The Mandatory To Joshua Photos: Douglas vs. O'Sullivan, Seldin vs. Ulysse - Weigh-In Photos: Saunders, Lemieux - Nearly Erupt With Heated Weigh-In Alexander Povetkin Dominates Hammer - In Line For Joshua, Parker Jessie Vargas Eyes Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Ali Rematch Horn Promoter: Crawford Can't Sell, He's Not a Big Money Fight! Saunders: Lemieux Has Been Knocking Out Bums and Old Men Yvan Mendy Breaks Down, Stops Jesus Arevalo in Eight Saunders, Trainer Demand Lemieux Gets on Scale Twice at Weigh-In Povetkin-Hammer Undercard Results from Ekaterinburg Mikey Garcia to Keep WBC Lightweight Title Despite Lipinets Fight Saunders: Lemieux Is Walking Punching Bag; Must KO Me to Win Parker's Coach: We exposed Joshua's chin, UK media afraid to cover! Yarde Feels Power is on Level With Kovalev, Stevenson, Beterbiev Andre Ward Leaves The Door Open - "I Do Miss Fighting" Dejan Zlaticanin Bounces Back With First Round Destruction Tete, Dubois, Yarde, Skeete Return on February 10 Jessie Vargas: I Want To Conquer Welterweight Division! Cletus Seldin: My Career is Going Exactly How I've Wanted Nicola Adams Aims To Win a World Title in 2018 Tyson Fury: I Won't Be Forced Into Hard Fights Until I'm Fit! Bacskai, Egedi, Torteli Back in Action in Hungary Klitschko: I Passed Torch To Joshua, He Can Unify The Division Saunders: Lemieux's Death Talk Stupid, Disrespectful to Boxing Jason Quigley Leaves Robles, Will Work With Dominic Ingle Carlos Morales Picks Up Technical Decision Win in Indio Photos: Chaves vs. James, Molina vs. Redkach - Weigh-In Photos: Jessie Vargas, Aaron Herrera - Ready For Battle Saunders Dares Lemieux To Accept Big Bet on Fight Outcome
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement