Officially Thompson Mokwena and Jason Bedeman will top the “Boxing Beat” tournament at Emperors Palace on May 28, but two unbeaten super-middleweights could steal the thunder.
Promoter Rodney Berman has just signed a cracking eight-rounder featuring Charles Oosthuizen against Ryno Liebenberg. There is no title at stake, but the winner will clearly be propelled towards bigger fights.
Oosthuizen, the brother of world champion Tommy, is 5-0 (2KOs), while Liebenberg is marginally more experienced with five KO wins in his seven victories.
“People want good fights and this is what I’m giving them,” says promoter Rodney Berman. “Credit to the two camps, who jumped at the opportunity. The boxers are both youngsters and defeat won’t harm either career.”
Oosthuizen’s best win came in his last fight, defeating 40-fight veteran Simon Mokoena.
Liebenberg has been matched tough, two of his last three fights coming against SA champion Tshepang Mohale, whom he beat in a six-round barnburner, and David Bassajamivule.
There will be eight bouts on the card, including Gideon Buthelezi’s first fight since his defeat for the WBC world championship last September. He will face Ghana’s Cobbina Johnson (14-5-1), who last year fought for the Commonwealth super-flyweight title.
REMAINDER OF THE BILL
Junior-welterweight: Amon Nhlapo v Adam De Moor (8 rds).
Lightweight: Stan Junior Matha v Zan Jonker (4 rds).
Junior-welterweight: Sibusiso Nosilela v Paul Kamanga (4 rds).
Junior-welterweight: Katiso Hlahane v Martin Lebogo (4 rds).
Flyweight: Thabang Ramagole v Colin Tloubatla (4 rds).