Boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar once wrote „ In the days of olde, religious contemplatives were wont to argue over minor points of esoterica, like the number of angels on heads of pins, and other such wonderfulness’s. Boxing contemplatives go through the masturbatory exercises. Only their words centre around the word “Greatest” this and the “Greatest” that.
In possibly the same context when boxing fans get together they could debate the issue of the classic boxer up against the classic fighter, being the magnet to draw the fans.
“Style” has been defined as the strategic approach a fighter takes during a boxing match as no two fighter’s styles are alike.
There are three main styles in boxing, the standup classic style, the brawler or slugger and the infighter who like to work on the inside.
The boxer versus the brawler or call it boxer versus fighter always attracts fans and will invariably make for an exciting fight.
Some of the classic match-ups over the years were Sugar Ray Robinson versus Jake La Motta, Sugar Ray Leonard versus Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier and Gene Tunney versus Jack Dempsey.
Recently on the local scene we had Hekkie Budler who surprised the boxing world when he outboxed and out thought Nkosinathi Joyi in defence of his IBO minimumweight belt.
On the same card Ryno Liebenberg used his boxing skills rather than his normal fighting skills to outpoint Johnny Muller in their return bout.
On a rather disturbing note it was sad to see Tommy Oosthuizen put in a lacklustre performance in fighting to a draw against Brandon Gonzalez at the MGM Grand, Foxwoods resort recently.
Fighting on HBO and in front of a wide audience he had an opportunity to impress and go on to challenge one of the main alphabet champions.
However, on a more positive note, Ilunga Makuba from the DRC who fights out of the Harold Volbrect gym was most impressive in scoring a majority 12 round points decision over Dmytro Kucher from the Ukraine, to win the vacant WBC silver cruiserweight belt in Monaco recently.