By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen will have his second crack at winning the IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Evert Bravo of Colombia for the vacant belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. In November last year the southpaw Oosthuizen was rather fortunate receive a draw against Malawian Isaac Chilemba in a clash for the vacant belt.
Oosthuizen 11-0-1; 8 has a tough one in the 25-year-old Bravo who has only lost 1 out of 16 fights with eleven wins inside the distance. His only loss was in his second pro fight.
In April 2008 he won the WBC Fecarbox super middleweight title when he knocked out Felix Jose Hernandez in the eleventh round and then added the WBA Fedebol super middleweight title to his collection after blasting out Jose Antonio Cervantes inside one round in August of the same year.
Last year he scored victories over Juan Villadiego (ko 1) and Orlando Torres (pts 8) neither who are considered world beaters. However, the WBC rank him at number eight in their most recent rankings.
The 21-year-old Oosthuizen has three belts in his collection, the IBO Youth light heavyweight, IBO Youth super middleweight, WBA Pan African super middleweight; and should have enough skills with his height and reach advantage to keep the Colombian on the outside for 12 rounds and add a fourth belt to his trophy cupboard.
On the undercard Isaac Chilemba 16-1-1; 8 who has just come off an outstanding win over previously unbeaten Russian Maxim Vlasov in February faces the rugged Namibian Vikapita Meroro 20-1; 9 for the vacant WBC International light heavyweight title.
The exciting unbeaten young heavyweight Flo Simba meets Brazilian Fernando de Almeida for the vacant IBO Youth heavyweight title.
South African and WBC International junior lightweight champion Sipho Taliwe makes the first defence of his WBC title when he meets Vinvin Rufino from the Philippines in a rematch.
In their first fight in November last year the South African won on a majority decision.
Tshifhiwa Munyai possibly one of the most exciting young fighters in South Africa comes up against the rugged Filipino Danilo Pena in a clash for the vacant IBO super bantamweight belt.
In the opening fight of the night unbeaten prospect Joey Stiglingh who should have received the prospect of the year award at the recent Boxing SA Awards in Durban faces Wandile Mseleku in a six round junior lightweight bout.
The tournament is promoted by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.