Advertisement
Advertisement

Oosthuizen is Ready To Steal The Zaveck-Berto Show

By Mesuli Zifo

The spotlight might be on the Andre Berto’s IBF welterweight title challenge to Slovenian Jan Zaveck at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, US on Saturday but South African Thomas Oosthuizen is determined to steal the show when he takes on Aaron Pryor Jnr on the HBO televised co feature.

Ironically Zaveck’s title reign began in Oosthuizen’s country where he upset favored Isaac Hlatshwayo with a third round stoppage to lift the IBF crown in December 11, 2009.

The defeat signaled the demise of Hlatshwayo’s career which has been on a downward spiral since. But despite three title defences, the Germany- based champion is still some sort of an unknown customer in the US and will therefore to be eager to make a dramatic introduction to the US boxing scene.

But Oosthuizen who will also be making his own US debut believes he is the one who will emerge as a subject of discussion by boxing fans.

“I am here to make a statement and afterwards I want people to talk about me for a long time, “the 23-year-old southpaw said.

 Oosthuizen has been a subject of criticism from his own country regarding his top ten Ring Magazine rating in the talent rich super middleweight division with boxing critics feeling the lofty rating was a bit generous to him when he is yet to prove himself at the world stage.

With 15 wins and 16 bouts against single draw he was lucky to be given against Isaac Chilembe, Oosthuizen’s ledger does not contain a big name, which brings into question his high rating.

And the youngster says he is ready to prove that Ring Magazine has not made a mistake by rating him so high.

“Look, I am unbeaten and young and I will prove my mettle against this Pryor guy,” he said.

Oosthuizen who often dwarfs his opponents will not enjoy such luxury against Pryor Jnr as the “Son of the Legend” will probably be taller than him.

Oosthuizen, who is lodging at the same hotel with Pryor Jnr says he is aware that he will not enjoy the reach advantage he often commands over his opponents.

“He is a bit taller than me so I will have to use my other advantages to win such as my hand speed,” he said, admitting that he and Pryor Jnr have been exchanging glances when coming across each other in the hotel foyer.

“But we did not say anything to each other besides just exchanging glances.”

The bout will pit the sons of former professional fighters even though Thomas’ father Charles pales in comparison to Aaron Pryor senior who ruled the junior welterweight division with an iron fist in the 1980s.

Charles’ boxing achievements only went as far as winning the SA light heavyweight title but his son who is already the reigning IBO super middleweight champion appears destined to eclipse him.   

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Francisco Santana To Return on Top Rank Bill on April 2 Adamek-Molina: Mateusz Masternak To Face Fields on The Card Amir Khan: I'll Win and Make History, Shut The Doubters Up! Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson Finalized For March 5th on HBO Cruz vs. Koasicha Tops March 4 Telemundo Bill In Tampa Toka Kahn-Clary Promises To Let The Hard Shots Rain Down Frank Bruno Insists Comeback Talk Came From The Heart Mayweather: Me and Al Haymon Have All The Say So in Boxing Arum: If Pacquiao Continues To Fight, Crawford is Perfect Foe Nietes May Defend Against Garcia in May, Not Fuentes RoundZero Wins Purse Bid For Chudinov-Signani EBU Title Fight IRA Claims 'Credit' For Deadly Dublin Weigh-In Shooting Browne Continues Camp As Chagaev Clash Still On Course Freddie Roach Warns: Don't Count Khan Out Completely Jonathan Gonzelez-Joebert Alvarez To Battle on March 19 Brook: I Wish Khan The Best, Don't Think He Can Beat Canelo Gutknecht To Braehmer: I’m Ready To Avenge My Defeat! Robert Helenius-Johann Duhaupas on April 2 For WBC Silver Belt Evander Holyfield: Anthony Joshua is Best Fighter UK Ever Had Mayweather: Khan Should Have Fought Brook, Not Canelo "Fighting Words" - Canelo vs. Khan: A One-Ring Circus Khan: If I'm Scared of Brook, Then Why Would I Fight Canelo? Guillermo Rigondeaux Wants To Excite in Liverpool, Says Diaz Haye Says The Klitschko Era is Over, Tabs Fury For Repeat Win Austin Trout Willing To Travel, Face Liam Smith in The UK Tyson Fury Hopes Wladimir Klitschko Rematch is Set 'ASAP' Hatton: Canelo Will Be Too Strong and Powerful For Amir Khan Francisco Vargas: Salido Would Be High Risk, a Good Challenge Povetkin: After Wilder I'm Open To Fury, Martin and Klitschko Lucian Bute, Alvarez, Beterbiev Tripleheader on April 2nd? Khan: People Thought De La Hoya Would Destroy Pacquiao Wanheng Menayothin Defends WBC Strap on March 2nd Artur Beterbiev Eyes Ring Return in March or April Pedro Guevara Faces Jether Oliva on February 20 in Sinaloa McGuigan: Khan is Very Ballsy, Canelo Walks Around at 200 Sam O'Maison Stole The Show With Big Knockout Over Hardy Cortez Feels Canelo-Golovkin is More Likely For 2017 Showtime Championship Boxing 30: Hopes for the Year Ahead Tyson Fury Hopes To Head Up New Heavyweight Era Amir Khan Admits Canelo's Size Initially Concerned Him
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement