Two-time world champion Tommy Oosthuizen will headline a cracking bill at Emperors Palace on June 6, it was announced this week.
The IBO light-heavyweight title-holder will defend his belt against Roberto Bolonti of Argentina on the “D-Day at the Palace” fight card, sponsored by Chesa Nyama.
Oosthuizen (24-0-2, 14 KOs) is fresh off his title-winning effort against Ryno Liebenberg in March and will be looking to maintain his momentum against the rugged Argentine (35-3, 24 KOs) who has fought champions like Jean Pascal and Juergen Braehmer.
It will be the southpaw’s third fight at light-heavyweight after enjoying an unbeaten campaign at super-middleweight.
“I feel great at the new weight and felt excellent against Liebenberg. My speed and movement are still good and Liebenberg I’m sure can attest to my punching power. Bolonti is just another guy to get beaten,” said the 27-year-old.
An exceptional undercard will see rising cruiserweight Johnny Muller (18-4-2, 13 KOs) step up his level of opposition against Mateusz Masternak (34-2, 24 KOs) of Poland. Masternak recently contested the Interim WBA title and is fresh off a win against former world champion Jean Marc Mormeck.
Masternak is rated number 12 by the WBC, number five by the WBA, number 13 by the IBF and number eight by the WBO, giving Muller all the incentive he needs to force his way into the rankings.
Coincidentally, last year Muller and Masternak fought on the same tournament in Monte Carlo, not knowing that fate would bring them together a year later.
Top SA prospect Xolani “The Wasp” Ndongeni (17-0, 8 KOs) will face his toughest opponent in former IBF junior-lightweight champion Mzonke Fana (34-7, 14 KOs), also of South Africa.
Ndongeni recently shifted base from East London to Johannesburg and reports out of his new gym have been glowing. “The kid has it all,” says trainer Colin Nathan. “He’s headed for the top.”
Ndongeni and Fana will contest the WBA Pan-African lightweight title.
Also featured is rising sensation Roman Zhailauov (14-0, 8 KOs) of Kazakhstan, who recently made his South African debut and was reminiscent of a young Gennady Golovkin, his famous countryman.
He fought at welterweight, but looks like a natural junior-welterweight and will feature in that division against an opponent still to be determined.
Said promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves: “We’ve worked hard to put together what I believe is a cracking bill. Tommy Gun rates as one of the best light-heavies in the world and will show as much against Bolonti. I expect him to be explosive against a guy who also likes to punch.”
Berman has entered into an agreement with US counterpart Lou DiBella for Oosthuizen, provided he wins, to fight a frontline opponent in America in September and another in February.
“Masternak is a big name and Johnny has it all to do against a super-tough guy. Styles make fights and I expect this one to be all-action,” Berman continued.
“I’m very high on Ndongeni, who we recently signed. He hails from a region where boxing is king and could be another Welcome Ncita or Vuyani Bungu. He really is that good. If he makes a statement against Fana, who is a good fighter, the world will sit up and take notice.
“I’ve also been impressed by Roman. He’s just 20, but the way he plants his feet and digs to the body reminds me of a young ‘GGG’. He’s exciting and adds a great dash of colour to the bill.”