There is another seven weeks to go until the showdown between Tommy Oosthuizen and Thabiso Mchunu, but already the demand for tickets is far outstripping availability.
“We’ll probably have a sellout before tickets go on sale!” a delighted Rodney Berman said yesterday.
He said that the fight, scheduled for September 1’s “Call to Glory” tournament, had fired up local supporters who traditionally respond favourably to match-ups with needle between prominent boxers.
Mchunu underlined his credentials with a blowout against Richard Bolotnik a fortnight ago while Oosthuizen’s narrative only ever lends itself to drama and excitement.
Both lefties, they otherwise have very little in common style-wise, Mchunu being a defensive wizard with Oosthuizen relying on offence and fast hands.
Berman is toying with several other big local fights, mentioning DeeJay Kriel against Simpiwe Konkco as a case in point. Lusanda Komanisi against Xolisani Ndongeni also has the makings of a riveting contest, although it might need the slow burn to ramp up greater public excitement.