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Boxing | South Africa

Tommy Oosthuizen © Gallo Images

Oosthuizen wins on points in US



South African Tommy Oosthuizen beat Marcus Johnson on points in Miami, Oklahoma, on Friday night.

The IBO super-middleweight champion won the non-title bout over ten rounds by unanimous decision when the judges, Henry Ellick, Jerry Griffin and David Sutherland, all scored it 98-91.

Oosthuizen, who weighed 76.6 4kg, weathered a torrid first three rounds as the much shorter Johnson (76.87 kg) came out fast.

Johnson forced the South African to the ropes, scoring with shots to the body and the head.

Oosthuizen was marked under the left eye from the fifth round. It was not a factor, however, as he began to box from the outside, scoring with southpaw rights as well as lefts to the body and cleverly varied his attack.

In the eighth round Johnson turned away after losing his mouth guard and Oosthuizen caught him with a right to the body that sent him down to his knees in his own corner.

The 24-year-old Oosthuizen followed up with a left to the jaw while the American was down and was rather fortunate not to be cautioned by referee Gary Ritten, who picked up the count.

In the ninth and tenth rounds Oosthuizen was in control. He dominated the tiring Johnson and emerge a popular winner after a hard-fought contest.

Oosthuizen improved his record to 19-0-1, with 13 knockouts, and Johnson dropped to 21-2; 15.

In his second fight in the US and in a tournament broadcast live on on SuperSport on Saturday morning, SA time, Oosthuizen’s defence was the least impressive part of his armoury.

Oosthuizen fought in Biloxi in September last year and beat Aaron Pryor Jr by wide margins.

The tall South African, who is trained by former SA welterweight champion Harold Volbrecht, is ranked at No 6 by The Ring , tenth by the WBC and seventh by the IBF.

UNDERCARD RESULTS

In the main supporting bout, an entertaining fast-paced ten-rounder, Puerto Rican Luis Del Valle (55.78 kg) outpointed Christopher Martin (55.78 kg) from California. They were fighting at super-bantamweight.

The scores were 100-89; 98-91 and 97-92. Del Valle improved his record to 16-0; 11 and Martin dropped to 23-2-3; 6.

In an eight-round lightweight bout, WBC super-featherweight youth champion Jose Pedraza (59.64 kg) beat Gil Garcia (59.98 kg) on points. Garcia’s record dropped to 5-3-1; 1 and Pedraza now stands at 8-0; 6.

NTSIKO DIES IN EAST LONDON

While Oosthuizen was winning in the United States, the boxing community in East London was mourning the death of former SA minimumweight champion Siviwe Ntsiko.

The 31-year-old Ntsiko died at home on Thursday. It was reported that his body was found hanging from a rope.

He failed a medical test recently and then wrote to Boxing SA, saying he was retiring from boxing and giving up his title.

RON JACKSON reports that Ntsiko was born in Mdantsane near East London and made his professional debut on July 30, 2006 when he knocked out Thanduxolo Gogi in the fourth round at the Mndantsane Indoor Centre.

He lost his next two fights, however. He was stopped in the fourth by Luvo Mabusela and in the third by Gideon Buthelezi.

In 2007 hebeat Siyabonga Jolibokwe, Mandisi Mkile and Kukhanya France and lost on points to Xola Mathiso.

The loss to Mathiso was his last defeat. He won the vacant Eastern Cape mini-flyweight title by stopping Wandile Siyata in the tenth round.

After making two successful defences, he won the SA minimumweight title when he knocked out the experienced former WBC International champion Tshepo Lefele on November 6 last year.

This gutsy little fighter finished with a record of 9 wins, with 8 inside the distance, and three defeats.



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