As if on cue, Golden Gloves has lifted the lid on its latest super show at Emperors Palace – and it’s a good one.
On June 6, Tommy Oosthuizen will return to his favourite stomping ground to defend his IBO light-heavyweight belt against former WBA title challenger Roberto Bolonti of Argentina.
The 39-fight veteran has been in with Evert Bravo, Tony Bellew and reigning WBA champion Juergen Braehmer. Most recently he fought a two-round no-contest with former champion Jean Pascal. The fight was called off when Bolonti couldn’t continue on account of an illegal blow.
Bolonti is a solid puncher (24 KOs) and big for the weight, but he will find a ready match in the shape of Oosthuizen, who was outstanding in recently dismantling the challenge of Ryno Liebenberg.
In an exhibition of speed and substance, “Tommy Gun” produced an all-round display that reaffirmed his ability – when he’s in the mood.
And while contracts are yet to be signed, promoter Rodney Berman says he is planning to feature a third fight between middleweight bangers Dowayne Combrink and Giovanni Bushby, who twice before turned in mini-classics, Combrink narrowly winning the first and the pair then splitting a decision.
Adding to the exciting bill will be the Gauteng unveiling of hot lightweight prospect Xolisani Ndongeni, who has already set pulses racing with his workouts in Colin Nathan’s HotBox gym.
He will fight WBA number seven Rafael Mensah, who is no slouch at 24-0, for the Pan-African belt.
Ndongeni has put together an unbeaten 17-0 run, beating opponents arguably superior to Mensah’s.
“This kid is too exciting for words,” says new trainer Colin Nathan. “He’s so sharp and has amazing speed. Emperors’ boxing fans are going to be wowed.”
Rounding out the show will be Kazakh prospect Roman Zhailauov, said to be a young version of countryman Gennady Golovkin.
“We’ve worked really hard to put together a top class show,” said Berman. “Tommy’s class is self-evident and if the next Combrink-Bushby fight is half as good as the last, fans will go crazy. And I’m very excited about Ndongeni. A man this good deserves to be showcased on a major show. I’ve also heard good things about Zhailauov. We will be able to see for ourselves soon enough.”