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May 7th 2012
Feast of great action for fight fans
Charles Oosthuizen will face his toughest opponent when he meets Ryno Liebenberg on May 28

Charles Oosthuizen will face his toughest opponent when he meets Ryno Liebenberg on May 28

Flushed with the success of Tommy Oosthuizen’s American television debut, Rodney Berman is ploughing ahead with serving up a feast for SA boxing connoisseurs.

In signing the Charles Oosthuizen-Ryno Liebenberg fight for Emperors Palace on May 28, Berman revealed that attempts to secure Oosthuizen a fight with Balemo Weliya for the SA super-middleweight title had been stymied by the champion’s promoter.

“Despite being ranked number four, Charles was deprived of the opportunity,” said a disappointed Berman, who worked furiously, if unsuccessfully, to nail down a SA title opportunity.

“The fight against Ryno is effectively an eliminator. Weliya’s people won’t be able to run forever.”

The eight-rounder at the Theatre of Marcellus promises to be a cracking affair between two of the most rugged protagonists in local boxing. Both unbeaten, each man will be fighting for local bragging rights.

Added to this is the potentially thrilling Jason Bedeman-Thompson Mokwena encounter and the likes of Adam De Moor, Zan Jonker and Gideon Buthelezi also on the bill.

“Get your tickets early!” warned Berman.

The action continues mid-June with the inaugural Nashua Super Eight tournament, an event that has already experienced its fair share of twists and turns, followed a month later with Oosthuizen’s next bout in the US. Stablemate Bongo Lipemba will feature on the undercard.

Then, in August, Sipho Taliwe challenges for the IBO title in Perth, to be followed by the semifinals of the “Last Man Standing” Super Eight event in September, which includes the WBC strawweight silver belt featuring Hekkie Budler and redoubtable Florante Condes.

If this wasn’t enough, the Golden Gloves year will conclude with a flourish with the final of the Super Eight (and a third-fourth boxoff), plus Oosthuizen in defence of his IBO super-middleweight title.

It all adds up to a superb calendar for SA boxing fans with the country’s very best fighters to be showcased on a monthly basis.

21 Responses to “Feast of great action for fight fans”

  1. May 07, 2012 at 9:48 am, Dilo said:

    Great stuff.The Bedeman Mokwena fight will be tough and 1 that will be remembered. I suspect the winner will move on to higher stakes while to looser will be left to decide on his future.. By higher stakes, i mean IBO, SA titles etc, but not world titles..
    Cant wait to see what transpires in round 1 of the super 8.
    Many predictions have been made, but we will see at least 1 upset in round 1…
    Oosthuizens next bout in the USA should be a title eliminator for the WBO crown and his fight at the end of the year should be for the WBO and IBO titles…He will be able to overcome Stiglietz and take over his world title. Its time for top 10 rated super middleweights now..(not Ward,Bute,Froch, but all the rest)


  2. May 07, 2012 at 10:35 am, Callie said:

    “followed a month later with Oosthuizen’s next bout in the US. Stablemate Bongo Lipemba will feature on”

    Mr.Berman – who will Tommy’s next fight be against?


  3. May 07, 2012 at 11:48 am, wian said:

    Charles is going to win!!! I believe he have more power in his hands than tommy. And tommy was stil in school when people all reddy new charles is a great boxer!!!I don’t know why it take charles so long to go proffesional and why he don’t have more fights!!! Tommy have a more boxing style where charles a more fighting style!!! This will be ryno first big test and I think it is a bigger test for him than wat he thinks and his fans !!!!


    • May 07, 2012 at 3:45 pm, callie said:

      > I’m not so sure Wian….Ryno ko’d Tsepang Mohale in spectacular fashion after taking quite a beating for most of the fight….that was quite a test for Ryno already…Sure he will come prepared for Charles.For me it’s Charles who will have to overcome this(his) test.


      • May 09, 2012 at 10:41 am, Mark said:

        Well said Callie. I fully agree. But both need to avoid excessive blows to the head in order to extend their careers.>


  4. May 07, 2012 at 2:13 pm, Britt said:

    Yeah it’s so true: Back in amateurs Charles had some much more talent then young Tommy, Cahrlie packs more cannons then any other middle weight in this country.


  5. May 07, 2012 at 6:12 pm, wian said:

    Callie… Charles can take a punch, and he won’t lose by a K.O !!! I realy rate ryno but for me charles is going to be to much for him… Ryno should have say no to this fight is to early for his career!!!


    • May 08, 2012 at 7:54 am, callie said:

      > You guys seem to know Charles well,and by what you and Britt are saying i will take your word for it.Seems we are in for a cracker of a fight then!


  6. May 07, 2012 at 7:46 pm, Farha said:

    Charles is a gent and a nice guy to support, Ryno on the other hand is a hard man to beat.
    I think this could go to the score cards? To much pride at stake.

    Just to change the topic, I have just watch Cotto VS Mayweather again and I just am such a fan of Cotto the man fights right to the end, like a true fighter love he’s work.
    He is such a great boxing roll model for young boxers to look up too.
    Never give up or die trying.


  7. May 08, 2012 at 10:07 am, FAN said:

    @ WIAN
    I do not agree with you on your comment that Charles has more power than Thomas. Thomas KO’d his first seven opponents and Ryno his first five which included two time SA Champ Tshepang Mohale. Charles only has two KO’s in five fights. It will be a test for Charles not Ryno as Ryno fought worthy opponents and passed with flying colours.


  8. May 08, 2012 at 10:16 am, box fan said:

    @ Wian, don’t know how many more times Ryno should proof himself before you take him seriously! He already had 2 BIG tests which he overcame and maybe it is too early for Charles to take on Ryno! By the way Ryno’s ko ratio is better then Charles’ and he faced tougher opponents but even if it comes down to points my money is on Ryno!


  9. May 08, 2012 at 1:03 pm, Jordan said:

    I am back on this great site, people on the 28th May is going to be a good nights of fights.
    Got to love SA boxing on a rise.


  10. May 09, 2012 at 7:53 am, Dilo said:

    Tommy is ranked 5th best as per ring magazine.The only boxers above him now are Ward,Bute,Froch and Stiglietz. That is amazing…Ring magazine rankings are the most reputable, so by them rating Tommy 5 says alot..I personally think he should fight Stiglietz at the end of this year..I have been saying he needs 5 more fights and he has now had those more fights..Look at Canelo Alverez, moving up and on at age 21..No amatur career..Tommy has had a bit of amatur experience…
    Then i looked at Nkosinathi Joyi..He is rated No.1 since 2 years ago..It wont be long before the wbc,wba and wbo champs, who are all rated below him will have to face him otherwise they cannot call themselves champions..Thats if Joyis bromoter is able to get him fights..


  11. May 09, 2012 at 10:14 am, Jordan said:

    It is great to read Tommy is doing so well.


  12. May 09, 2012 at 1:47 pm, Johnny said:

    To the tweet of MR Berman that (Tommy Gun Oosthuizen now up to No 5 in The Ring rankings – just reward for a hard-working, unbeaten champion. He’s going to go far)Sorry sir he is No 4 and not 5


    • May 09, 2012 at 2:29 pm, Dilo said:

      > There are 4 boxers ranked above Tommy, so he is the 5th best..He is only ranked 4 if you take away the champion, Ward…cheers


  13. May 09, 2012 at 1:55 pm, Johnny said:


  14. May 09, 2012 at 2:09 pm, Basement Boy said:

    Another great matchup by GGP, looking forward to this even more than the main event. Ryno is an amazing fighter that always performs well under the lights. Should be an exciting fight!


  15. May 09, 2012 at 2:37 pm, Basement Boy said:

    Dilo, I agree, it would be awesome if Tommy fought Stiglietz or Arthur Abraham, if he loses, genuinely believe he will pull Arthur apart if he beat Stiglietz for the WBO title, although it is unlikely he’ll get that shot so soon.

    Failing that, my attitude is that he should fight Edwin Rodriguez or Glen Johnson. Glen may be over the hill, but it is a great name for Tommy’s resume and is always a game fighter, also it may attract a title fight opportunity.

    With that said, both Edwin and Glen are promoted by DiBella Entertainment and that is a relationship that GGP needs to cultivate in order to maintain its fighters presence internationally.


  16. May 09, 2012 at 9:25 pm, Dawie said:

    I say go slow with Tommy, matched and managed correctly like he is – he will be going all the way.


  17. May 16, 2012 at 7:55 am, nomercy said:

    Saw Ryno’s cut yesterday, a bad cut above his left eye about 3cm long, heavy unlucky for him and Charles…
    But if he heals and the SM sa champ doesn’t want to fight either of them, why don’t the fight for the vacant Light heavyweight title..?
    Both of them has campaigned at light heavy and surely Tshepang will be stripped by now as he hasn’t defended it in a year and has lost to Ryno by KO…
    Would still like the Ryno – Charles fight to happen…


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