Golden Gloves is far down the track in finally securing Tommy Oosthuizen his long-awaited shot at WBA regular light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer.
Promoter Rodney Berman said he has met with European counterpart Wilf Sauerland and it looks like a deal is on its way for a March 12 fight, probably in Germany.
The venue is a tough break for Oosthuizen, but financial considerations dictate world boxing and he must go where the money is.
It’s an opportunity for Oosthuizen to thrust himself back into the international mix, especially with Adonis Stevenson, Sergey Kovalev, Eleider Alvarez and Artur Beterbiev hogging the limelight. At his best, and away from his self-created distractions, Oosthuizen could hang tough with any of these fighters thanks to his blazing handspeed and southpaw skills.
Meanwhile, Berman has clarified Hekkie Budler’s position with regard to super champion status.
WBA rules dictate that a boxer must fight six times as champion to be eligible for the honour. Berman said that Budler’s first fight for the interim belt would count as the previous champion had already vacated. This fight, plus his five title defences, therefore qualify him.
There’s method to Berman’s machinations. If Budler is named super champion, the interim champion would move up, leaving the interim championship vacant. Berman, who will be travelling to the WBA convention with co-promoter Andile Sidinile, says he and Sidinile would then campaign for Simphiwe Khonco to get a shot at the interim belt after his rousing effort against Budler three months ago.
“It may be holiday season, but there’s a lot on the go,” said Berman, who intends keeping his stable busy.
With established stars like Budler, Oosthuizen and Liebenberg well set, he will also be keeping a close eye on the fortunes of prospects like DeeJay Kriel, Joshua Studdard, Josh Roos and Brandon Thysse.