Tommy Oosthuizen just won the boxing lottery. The undefeated IBO light-heavyweight champion will become the first South African to join Premier Boxing Champions, the exciting new boxing promotion created by Al Haymon.
The PBC is shaking up world boxing with an unorthodox model that takes the action away from pay TV, ensuring mainstream exposure on the United States’ major television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), their affiliated networks (ESPN, NBCSN and CBS Sports Network) and Spike and Bounce TV.
Its slogan is unequivocal: “In boxing, there is no middle ground. It’s stand or fall. All or nothing. Premier Boxing Champions: Where the Next Legends Collide.”
Golden Gloves has been in negotiation with PBC for a number of weeks and has just confirmed the deal. Not only will Oosthuizen’s next fight – against Roberto Bolonti on June 6 – be broadcast Stateside, he will then go into the mix for a major September bout in the US via PBC.
He could even be on a collision course with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who fights for Haymon, but there are many other PBC-linked light-heavyweights who could be lined up.
Haymon manages and advises more than 150 fighters, chief among them pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather jnr.
Golden Gloves was happy to do the deal, mainly because it guarantees massive exposure for Oosthuizen without surrendering their rights. The PBC Series was created for television by Haymon Boxing and bouts featured within the series are promoted by various licensed promoters.
It’s also true that Oosthuizen will enjoy a massive hike in purse fees under the new deal.
Said promoter Rodney Berman: “Haymon is shaking boxing up with his revolutionary approach. The real winners are the boxers, who will earn good money and get good action. This is a massive step for Tommy, who can secure his financial future if he boxes as well as we all know he can.”