Tommy Oosthuizen will be "Gunning for Glory" on Emperors Bill - by Terry Pettifer
The Golden Gloves Promotions "Gunning for Glory" Box and Dine event at Emperors Palace on April 27 has been fully concluded and judging by the product mix, fans can expect to see a number of blistering fights.
Heading this charity event, which is in aid of underprivileged people in Thembisa, is a 10-round international super middleweight contest between South Africa's top super middleweight and current WBA Pan African titleholder Tommy "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen (10-0) and Mexico's hard slugging Saul Roman (37-6). "tommy will no doubt have his hands full with Roman, who despite being a natural middleweight, is a tricky live wire and debilitating puncher" said African Ring's man-about-boxing Jeff Ellis.
Meanwhile, Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has assured the lanky Oosthuizen that an impressing win on the night will pave the way for a crack at the IBO world super middleweight title on the Emperors Palace "Block Buster" tournament on June 19. "Tommy cannot take this Mexican lightly" said Berman, "and despite the fact that Roman has previously competed as a junior middleweight, he sets a cracking pace and can render an opponent unconscious with either hand."
Then there's the GGP debuts of both Johnny "Hurricane" Muller (5-0-1) and former MMA fighter Chaz "Bad News" Wasserman, who makes his entry into the professional boxing scene. Both men are trained by former SA Welterweight king Harold "The Hammer" Volbrecht and are managed by two-time Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell.
Incidentally, although both Volbrecht and Mitchell believe that the murderous hitting Muller should concentrate his efforts on the cruiserweight division, the 19-year-old Hurricane will enter the fray at Emperors Palace in a slated 4-round heavyweight bout against Pappy Mogenda. The fledgling Wasserman will likely take on Benny Nkanyane in a 4-round contest in the super middleweight ranks!
Local heavyweight crowd-puller Flo "The Demolition Man" Simba (3-0) will be looking to extend his knockout run when he takes on the far more experienced Wiseman Dlomo (6-7-2) over a scheduled 6 rounds. Dlomo is certainly the trickiest opponent that the 20-year-old Simba has encountered, and his resume speaks of bouts against all the leading heavyweights in the country, including Osborne Machimana (the present SA champion), Anton Nel, Bull Muravha and Jake Els, as well as a hard fought draw with current hotshot attraction Johnny "Hurricane" Muller in their last respective outings. "This fight will answer a lot of questions regarding Simba's ongoing development and while the Demolition Man flattened all three of his previous rivals, I'm betting that Dlomo will extend him to the full", said Jeff Ellis.
Exciting lightweight prospect Bongani Dlamini gets his first real chance to impress the promoters when he squares up to Takalani Dangala over 10 rounds and former four-time world champion Zolani "Untouchable" Marali will be attempting to get back on the winning track when he faces menacing knockout artist Kgotla "Bang Bang" Baeti over 10 rounds in a lightweight bout.
"This tournament roster is one of our most appealing of the year and I doubt whether there'll be place to swing a cat when the lights dim at Emperors Palace", concluded GGP promoter Rodney Berman.