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November 2nd 2012
‘Tommy Gun’ to top Madison Square Garden bill
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, left, will challenge Tommy Oosthuizen on January 19.  Picture: Courtesy K2 Promotions

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, left, will challenge Tommy Oosthuizen on January 19.
Picture: Courtesy K2 Promotions

In a major coup for Golden Gloves, Tommy Oosthuizen will headline the bill at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden against big hitting WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin on January 19.

Golovkin will move up in weight to challenge for Oosthuizen’s IBO super-middleweight belt in a bout to be broadcast live on HBO.

Only a handful of SA boxers have ever fought at the venue, among them Willie Toweel, Zolani Petelo and Corrie Sanders. However, this is believed to be the first time a South African will top a major bill at the venerable arena.

It’s an extraordinary shot in the arm for SA boxing and underscores Oosthuizen’s status among boxing cognoscenti. What’s more, it gives the IBO real legitimacy given the stage and the two protagonists involved.

Golovkin may not be widely known, but he’s one of the hottest properties in world boxing following his most recent title defence against Gregory Proksa.

With 21 knockouts in 24 fights, he is a vicious puncher and rated a star of the future. Indeed, reports this week spoke of a host of fighters ducking out of a potential Golovkin match-up.

Said his manager Tom Loeffler: “The response from Gennady’s last fight has been sensational and we know the boxing world is very interested in when he is fighting again.”

Promoter Rodney Berman was delighted. “This is the sort of fight that could elevate Tommy into a legitimate superstar. It also proves that fighters make the boxing organisations, not the other way round. The IBO has been very good to Tommy and deserves its good standing. He will do it proud.”

Naturally, this windfall places greater pressure on “Tommy Gun” to produce the goods at Emperors Palace next weekend. He’s up against a tough hombré in Fulgencio Zuniga and will have to emerge strongly to keep the Golovkin fight on track.

“The news is still sinking in,” said Berman. “But this could rank as one of SA boxing’s most pivotal moments – Tommy fighting before a massive US television audience against one of the top pound-for-pounders out there. I’m predicting this will be Tommy’s coming out party. The world will know his name after January 19.”

38 Responses to “‘Tommy Gun’ to top Madison Square Garden bill”

  1. November 02, 2012 at 7:55 pm, LORETTE said:

    Great news Mr. B. Tommy will still make SA even more proud and I have a feeling that this fight is going to open the arena big time for SA Boxers. We probably have the best Boxers SA has seen in a long time and boxing in SA is healthier than ever before. Good luck Thomas. The country is behind you all the way.


  2. November 02, 2012 at 7:58 pm, Blacky said:

    Jono, these are the types of fights that most Tommy fans have been waiting for..And after he wins that fight, i see bigger things to come.. I have no doubt that Tommy will beat Golovkin..I look at Golovkins record and wonder how he became a wba champion..he has fought only nobody special.
    How he is going to get on the inside of Tommys jab to land his punches, i dont no, but he chose this fight, so lets see what happens..
    SOMEONES 0 MUST GO !!!!!!


  3. November 02, 2012 at 10:47 pm, Kagiso moleko said:

    I wish it was possible to watch this fight live but otherwise we will sit behind our TV set watch our champion Tommy Gun! Now we know who is the best promoter in africa.


  4. November 04, 2012 at 8:08 am, Blacky said:

    Why do we keep watching boxing? It is becoming an utter disgrace..Lucian Bute was solidly beaten by a guy who landed more punches, was the agressor throughout the fight, but yet Bute got a wide decision..1 judge had it 116-112 for Bute and another scored it an even more ridiculous 118-110 !!!! It was a disgrace to say the least.. If anybody watched that fight, it was clear to see who won.. I guess that is the reason Bute was undefeated for so long..Because he fought mostly in Canada, his hometown.. When he went to England he got ko’ed, and Froch will ko him again…
    Marco Huck also lost in Germany and was awarded to decision..Another disgrace…
    Boxing is turning into a farse !!! The governing bodies need to get a grip quick or boxing will loose many fans..


  5. November 05, 2012 at 12:21 am, Koolz said:

    Tommy I hope when you fight Golovkin that you dont’ get hurt to bad. A boxer has to know there limits. Hopefully the ref will stop it before you are damaged.

    Golovkin will probably KO you in the sixth or fifth round.


    • November 05, 2012 at 9:07 am, Blacky said:

      > You make jokes!! Please name 1 above average gut who Golovkin has beaten? then substantiate your ridiculous comment.. GGG should have never taken this fight..Some guys dont no there limits and this guy is Golovkin…


      • November 05, 2012 at 6:33 pm, pierre said:

        I agree, Blacky. For starters, Golovkin is much too small for Tommy. It will basically be a small middleweight fighting a light-heavyweight who happens to be able to make super middle. Secondly, Golovkin is one-dimensional. He walks forward with his face open and throws bombs. That’s a recipe for disaster against a hustling comination-puncher like Tommy. I don’t see this as a difficult fight for the Gun. Golovkin has plenty of whack against other middleweights, but Tommy is used to manhandling much bigger guys.


  6. November 05, 2012 at 10:30 am, Dilo said:

    @ Koolz/Champ Calvin..You guys can join the Golovkin Cheerleading club..You make no sense at all..What makes you say the GGG is that good? Has he beaten anyone in the top 10? Has he gone 12 rounds before? Oosthuizen has gone 10 rounds or more 9 times..This Golovkin has only gone to round 10 once !!! makes me wonder who has really not been tested..
    Thomas has fought a top 10 opponent in Isaak Chilembe…
    I think come fightnight, GGG will be the one wondering why he took that fight..
    let me tell you, i have seen Oosthuizen live on 2 occassions and this kid is an enigma..For his height, he has great balance and great handspeed..If he can take a solid punch from a fully fledged super middle, i dont see how a middleweight can hurt him…
    I i was Golovkin or 1 of his fans, i would be really worried..I suggest you guys watch Oosthuizen fight this coming Saturday..It might give you shivers!! and then you can pass the message on to GGG…cheers


    • November 05, 2012 at 6:35 pm, pierre said:

      Amen Dilo. Every word is right on the money.


    • November 06, 2012 at 8:56 am, nomercy said:

      I hope tommy can pull this fight off but its going to be very hard! I know amatures and pros are worlds apart but GGG did KO Lucien Bute and Andre Ward in the amatures, so he has a very good backround in boxing! Also the fight takes place in the US in winter, something Tommy isn’t used to and GGG is> GGG hasn’t got the same ring experience or speed, but has power and inside fighting over TOMMY.
      I rate Tommy and if he can keep the fight at a distance he can take it, but if not…its going to be a long night…


      • November 06, 2012 at 1:52 pm, Cyborg said:

        > I think you mean Andre Dirrel there Nomercy. As far as I’m aware Golovkin has never fought “S.O.G” Andre Ward (who would handily beat both Golovkin and Oosthuizen).


    • November 06, 2012 at 10:35 am, tanya said:

      > Thing with Tommy is he can stop a come forward fighter and the fighter won’t even see the punches coming and as we all know Tommy is a master on the inside, he has superb footwork and rhythm. No way Golovkin is going to beat Tommy.


  7. November 05, 2012 at 10:52 am, Paul said:

    Although this is a fantastic opportunity for Tommy to fight in the US, I am concerned about the hype around this fight when he needs to be focussing on his fight later this month. I know he is a professional but all it takes is one sneaky punch and he could be travelling to USA as the loser of his previous fight. What will this do for his confidence? I am no boxing expert but it won’t look good if he happens to lose his next fight before taking on Golovkin. One step at a time…….surely?


  8. November 05, 2012 at 1:36 pm, Mark_Vik said:

    @Blacky sorry but I dont agree with your rant about the Bute Grachev fight. Perhaps the fight was a little closer then some of the scorecards suggested, but a UD for Bute was probably the right call. Bute outboxed Grachev for most of the fight imo. Grachev showed good heart and probably picked up a few rounds, but there is no ways he outscored Bute.

    Well done Mr Berman for promoting such a high profile fight for Tommy. He will have his work cut out for him against GGG. Best of luck to Tommy gun and his team. I believe he has the tools to make life very difficult for Golovkin.


    • November 05, 2012 at 5:48 pm, Dilo said:

      > I also watched the fight and i dont see how you scored it for Bute. If you listened to the crowd, yes you might think that Bute won, but once punch at a time does not beat a come forward fighter throwing punches in bunches..Grachev caught Bute with the right all night long and had him on the ropes for about 8 rounds..Bute threw the odd uppercut and only hurt Grachev in the last round..Everytime Bute threw 1 punch, the crowd reacted like he ko’ed Grachev, but when Grachev was pounding on Bute, the crowd was dead silent..One punch at a time doesnt win you a fight.The commentators scoring was even worse..They gave Grachev 2 even rounds in the 1st 4 or 5, but then gave all other rounds to Bute!!!They wore blinkers for sure….Bute was hurt and bust up..He got a hometown decision and that was clear…I hope Tommy does not get robbed in New York as most of the crowd and the judges will favor GGG for sure, so Mr B, please make sure there are neutral judges present who will be fair..


  9. November 05, 2012 at 1:57 pm, chin said:

    Champ,adrian and koolz…..what are you smoking????? Haha clearly you don’t know boxing at all! None of you would probably last 1 round with tommy,you are a good example of why this country is so bad! You can’t see the sun shining over other people…..jealousy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tommy is doing good at the moment,and we all saw that he can take it! So let’s give him a bit more credit!


    • November 06, 2012 at 9:19 am, nomercy said:

      Its not credit! Tommy is world class and by far the most accomplished fighter in SA and the best we have…
      Its just a matter of opinion…


  10. November 05, 2012 at 2:09 pm, W P said:

    i agree blacky, a few weeks ago Can lost to Malignelli and once again Malignelli won few rounds and got knocked down in the 11th. Boxing really needs to educate the judges because from what i have seen locally and abroad – It seems more like there are guest judges from American Idols and X-factor than boxing aficiandos in the know how!!


  11. November 05, 2012 at 7:40 pm, Blacky said:

    @Mark-vik, i disagree with you.Bute lost the fight. If you win the last 20 seconds of a round and throw 1 or 2 scoring punches, doesnt mean you won the fight..Grachev solidly beat up Bute.. Fight was in Canada therefore, everyone is carried away.If that fight was in Russia or Germany, Bute would have lost 116-112 on my card..


  12. November 06, 2012 at 8:30 am, Basement Boy said:

    The way I see it Tommy mustn’t lose sight of Zuniga. Despite what everyone is saying, Zuniga will not be a walk in the park.
    But I do believe Tommy will outgun Golovkin, he just must not take Zuniga lightly while thinking about the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, they could be blinding.


    • November 06, 2012 at 1:13 pm, Dilo said:

      > agreed..In fact, the Golovkin announcment should have been made after the Zuniga fight..Well, that would have been the perfect scenario, but i suppose that GGP had to sow things up… I think that if Tommy is not focused, he will get a wake up call in round 1 and wake up soon after ..i still see him KO’ing Zuniga before round 6..cheers


  13. November 06, 2012 at 1:00 pm, Britt (Anthony) said:

    Great fight for Thomas Oosthuizen, Predictions for SAT fight night:

    Danie Venter VS Thabiso Mchunu – Danie to beat Thabiso TKO 10th round

    Thomas Oosthuizen
    VS Fulgencio Zuniga – Thomas will stop Fulgencio 6th round TKO

    Gideon Buthelezi VS Edrin Dapudong – Edrin will be beaten over 12 ROUNDS Unanimously

    Ryno Liebenberg VS Donald Kampamba , Ryno will stop Donald early days round 3KO


  14. November 06, 2012 at 3:11 pm, Fan of the Gun (Jeanne) said:

    Funny how all the hype of the LAST MAN STANDING is taken away from Danie and Thabiso …. and mainly focussed on Tommy …?


    • November 06, 2012 at 6:12 pm, Dilo said:

      > Its rather focused on Tommy and Golovkin as Golovkin is a credible opponent at last..Focus will still be on Tommy vs Zuniga, but not as much as the Golovkin fight..lets hope he does well on Saturday..cheers


    • November 07, 2012 at 10:08 am, JO said:



  15. November 07, 2012 at 1:42 pm, tosh10 said:

    To all who have doubt’s bout tommy a punch can only be considerd IF it lands so tommy boxes he wins he slugs he might loose n I say might cuz his got a good chin so give the man a chance he is 1 of our few world beaters even tho ggg looks like a raging bull on ephedrine !


  16. November 07, 2012 at 5:11 pm, RA said:

    Very good news for GGG. Thomas Oosthuizen is a good step to the top of P4P. After he KO Tommy Martines is next. I have no doubt Gennady will finish Tommy before 6th round.


    • November 08, 2012 at 7:29 am, Dilo said:

      > You have very high hopes dont you? Has GGG beaten a top 10 opponent before? Has GGG ever gone 12 rounds before? You in for the suprise of your life if the fight happens..cheers


  17. November 08, 2012 at 8:58 am, mark_vik said:

    Has the Oosthuizen/Golovkin fight been called off?
    There are rumours being posted on some boxing forums that the fight has been rejected by HBO.
    Very disappointing if that is the case.


    • November 08, 2012 at 12:50 pm, callie said:

      Which site is reporting this?Nothing on East Side or Boxingnews 24…..?


  18. November 08, 2012 at 12:29 pm, CHAMP CALVIN said:

    @Chin I speak the truth. We overrate fighters in South Africa. Tommy has been brought on nicely. This Russian is tough and he carries bombs in either hand. The same thing happened to Flo. Once you start overrating and match them higher then you get a surprise. A kncokout is coming.


    • November 08, 2012 at 2:12 pm, Dilo said:

      > I ask again, who has this Russian beaten who is rated in the top 10??? Your comment is based just on your gut feel and with no evidence. Flo is no Tommy..


      • November 08, 2012 at 4:26 pm, pierre said:

        What do you mean “we”, Calvin? I constantly criticise the cheerleaders who hail Jason Bedeman, Chris van Heerden or Hekkie Budler as the next world champion. I am constantly accused of being a “hater” because I try to bring a dose of reality into the hero-worship on this site. I am a two-decade avid boxing fan and I can spot natural talent a mile away, so when I tell you that Tommy is indeed an exceptionally gifted fighter, you’d better listen. We have only a handul of genuinely elite fighters in this country, and Tommy is one of them. Right now I would make him SA’s #2 boxer pound-for-pound after Moruti Mthalane. He’s definitely got the tools to beat an untested, smallish middleweight slugger like GGG.


        • November 09, 2012 at 1:04 pm, Britt (Anthony) said:



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  20. November 02, 2012 at 7:56 pm, tanya said:

    > Not fair Cyborg, I’m so jealous! Lucky you!


  21. November 05, 2012 at 9:04 am, Blacky said:

    > Who has this russian beaten that makes you suggest he is that good? Looking at his record, he has only fought average fighters. Tommy will test him..You speak of power,..GGG has power to KO middleweights..Tommy has power at Super middle..2 different divisions …


  22. November 05, 2012 at 6:34 pm, pierre said:

    He’s not a “hater”. He’s a Golovkin cheerleader just like the rest of the love-struck American boxing afficionados.


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