Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Oosthuizen, Funeka Gear Up For Kempton Park Bouts

SuperSport will broadcast live coverage of Tommy Oosthuizen’s return to the ring on Saturday night.

Oosthuizen, who was regarded as the golden boy of SA boxing not so long ago, takes on Denis Grachev, a Russian, in a light-heavyweight bout at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park.

The Golden Gloves Promotions tournament will be televised live on SuperSport 7 from 7.30 pm (SA, CAT, GMT+2).

The 26-year-old Oosthuizen has not fought since November 9 last year, when he beat Ezequiel Oswaldo Maderna by majority decision at the same venue. During his absence, he relinquished his IBO super-middleweight title.

His debut in the light-heavyweight division is unlikely to be a picnic even though Grachev has lost four and drawn one of his 18 professional fights.

In his last three bouts, Grachev lost on points to South African Ryno Liebenberg and Johannesburg-based Malawian Isaac Chilemba and on a first-round stoppage to Edwin Rodriguez.

But the 32-year-old Russian, who now lives in California, showed his potential when he made an end to Zsolt Erdei’s status as undefeated contender last year and he has gone the distance with highly rated Canadian Lucian Bute.

Oosthuizen, nicknamed Tommy Gun, was confident at a pre-fight media conference on Tuesday, saying he would be back to his best on Saturday night.

"I've been in the gym for three months solid and I look forward to getting back into action," Oosthuizen said. "A good win will put me in line for a shot at the IBO title in February. That's extra incentive to come back in style."

Asked about the problems he had experienced during the past year, he said: "If you're asking me if I'm walking with a Bible under my arm, the answer is no. But I'm doing my job in a fully professional manner.

“I'm also committed and hungry after being out of action for so long. I don't believe in rustiness if you train properly, so I won't use that as an excuse."

Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman was pleased to welcome Oosthuizen back. "We've been assured by [trainer] Harold Volbrecht that Tommy is now fit," Berman said.

On the same card, Ali Funeka takes on another Russian, Roman Belaev, for the vacant IBO welterweight title in what could be the fight of the night.

Belaev is undefeated after 14 professional bouts, including ten wins inside the distance.

Funeka is a veteran of 42 fights – 35 wins, including 29 knockouts, and four defeats – and is a former IBF lightweight and WBF light-welterweight champion.

He has won his four most recent fights inside the distance, seeing off Boitshepo Mandawe and Mzolisi Yoyo earlier this year and Jason Bedeman and Vusi Dladla last year. His last defeat was against Zolani Marali in December 2012.

Unbeaten Kevin Lerena faces Johnny Muller in a cruiserweight bout.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dan_cov on 11-12-2014

Almost sad how much stock they put into Oosthuizen, he'll no doubt have his hands full with Grachev despite him on a 4-5 fight losing streak.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Manny Pacquiao: I Still Have Two or Three Fights Left in Me Photos: Manny Pacquiao Arrives Home To a Hero's Welcome Andrew Moloney vs. Luis Concepcion on September 8 Joshua-Povetkin Officially Announced; 9/22 at Wembley Stadium Trainer: I Guarantee Mikey Garcia Will Regret Facing Easter! Pacquiao 'Thinking About' Working With Freddie Roach Again Pacquiao: Khan, Crawford, Lomachenko All Potential Opponents Callum Johnson Warns: Beterbiev Will Know He's Been in a Fight! Liam Smith Confident of Shocking Jaime Munguia, Explains Why British and English Title News: Askin vs. Okolie Sent To Bids Pacquiao Wants Next Fight In U.S.; Arum Says Tax Debt Not $20M Horn's Promoter: Pacquiao's Win Proves He's Not Past It! Pacquiao: If Mayweather Comes Back - Let's Do a Second One! Pacquiao's Win Over Matthysse A Blessing And A Curse Atlas: Pacquiao Beat a Heavy Bag; Diminished Matthysse Quit! Pacquiao: Matthysse Was Hurt From The Punches, Looked Scared Pacquiao Says Buboy Warned Him To Avoid 'Marquez' Mistakes Jose Pedraza Expects a Very Tough Outing With Ray Beltran Manny Pacquiao: Do I Look Old? I'm Back! Lucas Matthysse is Not Sure About The Future of His Career Usyk: I Have No Fear of Fighting Murat Gassiev in Russia Jeff Horn Calls Out Manny Pacquiao For a Rematch Pacquiao: From Round 1, I Knew He Couldn't Handle My Power! Brandon Cook: Brook Fight is Off, Brook Has Ankle Injury Pacquiao Gives High Praise To Buboy as New Head Trainer RBF Exec: We Secured QF/SF Fights For The WBSS Season 2 Pacquiao: Like I Said - I'm Not Gone From Boxing, I'm Still Here! Photos: Pacquiao Crushes Matthysse For First KO Win Since 09 Photos: Regis Prograis Breaks Down Velasco For TKO, WBSS Slot Photos: Teofimo Lopez Beats Down, Stops William Silva Rocky Fielding: I'd Love An ECHO Arena Defense of WBA Title Philippines Prez Wants Pacquiao To Retire on Back of Big Win Matthysse: My Head is Raised, I Lost To a Legend in Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao: It Was a Long Time Ago Since I've Done That! Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse - CompuBox Punch Stats Pacquiao Knocks Matthysse Out in Seventh For WBA Belt Pacquiao vs. Matthysse - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jhack Tepora Drops, Stops Edivaldo Ortega in Ninth Round Canizales KOs Bin in 12th Round, Retains Light Flyweight Title Mthalane Gets Off The Floor To Edge Waseem For IBF Title
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement