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'Sloppy' Oosthuizen taken to task

Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has taken Tommy Oosthuizen to task over ‘sloppiness’ and ‘unprofessionalism’.

The IBO champion has come in for criticism after failing to weigh in under the super-middleweight limit last Friday. He had to shed about 700 grams to be able to defend his title against Colombian Fulgenico Zuniga.

He won the fight at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night but his future in the division may be in doubt.

Oosthuizen, who is 1.9 m tall, may have to move up to light-heavyweight instead of going after the IBF super-middleweight title.

Golden Gloves described the situation on their website as constituting "the first serious blip in a career that has so far run smoothly”.

Berman was quoted as saying: "I'm disgusted. This should never have happened. "He's up against a good fighter. This shows total unprofessionalism with what is at stake. He's messing up what could be a great career."

The promoter was "in a rage" and upset that the carefully laid out plans for Oosthuizen had been placed in jeopardy because of his "sloppiness in making weight".

Golden Gloves were also scathing over the result of the fight in which Filipino Edrin Dapudong lost to Gideon Buthelezi.

"Bleeding from the nose and badly bruised around the left eye, Buthelezi took a beating. But he got lucky with the judges,” the promoters said.

"It was rough justice on Dapudong, who was the sharper and busier of the two fighters. Little wonder he looked perplexed and distraught when the scorecards were announced.

"Dapudong must have thought he had the fight in the bag when he delivered a flash nine-count knockdown on Buthelezi in the ninth round.”

On the same bill, Thabiso Mchunu earned R300 000 when he won the Super 8 cruiserweight series. He also became the African Boxing Union champion and qualified for a place as Africa's representative in the WBC's planned World Cup tournament next year.


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