Following his victory over Thabiso Mchunu this past weekend, Thomas ‘Tommy Gun’ Oosthuizen is set for a showdown with compatriot Kevin Lerena for the IBO cruiserweight championship.
Oosthuizen claimed a controversial victory on points to take the ABU cruiserweight title at Emperors Palace outside of Johannesburg on Saturday night.
Fight promoter Rodney Berman, who staged the fight under his Golden Gloves banner, admitted that the outcome could have gone either way.
“I think Mchunu’s slow start cost him at the end,” he said. “Although he officially lost, Mchunu will still remain part of our plans.”
Oosthuizen will now have his sights set on Lerena, with Berman claiming that the reigning IBO champ will first recover from shoulder surgery and have one bout before taking on ‘Tommy Gun’.
“It will indeed be one of the biggest fights in local boxing,” added Berman.
In the event’s undercard, super-middleweight Ryno Liebenberg defeated friend and rival Alfonso Tissen in the fifth round to claim the ABU championship.
In a major shock, Lusanda Komanisi was beaten in four rounds by unheralded Michael Mokoena, who had been down himself in the first but produced a massive right three rounds later to KO his opponent.
Earlier, cruiserweight prospect Keaton Gomes easily defeated Tshilidzi Mulaudzi in the first round, and Cowin Ray beat Jade Karam on points in an entertaining four-round middleweight battle.