By Ron Jackson
IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen meets former amateur standout Brandon Gonzales from Sacramento, California in a non-title fight over ten rounds on Saturday night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut. The 25-year-old Oosthuizen with a record of 22-0-1 with 13 wins coming inside the distance will be having his fourth fight in the United States since making a successful defense of the IBO belt against William Gare at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on June 4, 2011.
After the Gare victory he has scored victories over Aaron Pryor Jr, Francisco Sierra (Emperors, Kempton Park), Serge Yannick (Emperors, Kempton Park), Marcus Johnson, Rowland Bryant and Fulgencio Zuniga (Emperors, Kempton Park)
Gonzales, 29, was born in Portland, Oregon and is of Mexican and African heritage. He has a record of 17-0, 10 KOs and only joined the professional ranks at the age of 24 after a long amateur career.
He began boxing at the age of 19 representing the U.S. National Team and in 2004 won the Golden Gloves. He was also a finalist in the 2005 U. S. National Championships and finished with a reported record of 56-7. Since making his professional debut Gonzales has had comfortable wins in all his fights except against Ossie Duran who took him to a split eight round decision. He has only had 77 rounds of boxing and never been beyond 8 rounds.
In his most recent fight in January this year he outpointed Don Mouton who has a reported record of 12-4-1 over eight rounds.
Oosthuizen is exceptionally tall for a super middleweight with a good southpaw jab as he circles the ring. However, his defense is leaky at times and he has faded in the later rounds on occasions.
Gonzales has fast hands with a good defence and a good work rate but his opponents have been at a much lower level than the South African. The American could have success on the inside but the longer reach and experience of Oosthuizen should see through to a points victory.
Oosthuizen is ranked at number six by the WBC, number five by the IBF and the WBO have him at number fourteen He is not ranked in the top fifteen by the WBA. None of the major organisation list Gonzales except for the IBF who have him ranked at number ten.