Another feast of surprises

2012-11-03 14:50

If there’s one thing boxing lovers agree on, it is the quality of the tourna-ments that Golden Gloves Boxing Promotions organises.

Fans can experience this again on Saturday when Golden Gloves stages the Nashua Super 8 Last Man Standing final at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.

Followers of boxing expect the final to maintain or improve the high standard set by the semifinal of the tournament on September 22, which is still resonating with everyone who attended what has come to be known as “the night of upsets”.

The bill for the final looks promising, with three international title bouts: the cruiserweight contest for the ultimate winner to be officially declared “the last man standing”.

The fight everyone is looking forward to is the clash between local pugilist Tommy Oosthuizen and Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super middleweight title.

Oosthuizen, at 24, is among the rising stars in world boxing.

His winning streak has made it difficult to find challengers, as nobody wants to face him.

Experience might stand Zuniga in good stead, but Oosthuizen will not want his clean winning record tampered with.

The big one will see Thabiso Mchunu collide with Danie Venter for the African Boxing Union cruiserweight championship. A purse of R500 000 is at stake – R300 000 for the winner and R200 000 for the loser.

The two gladiators were both underdogs going into the semis, but both emerged victorious with convincing wins and now meet in a second clash.

They are friends, but on the night, friendship will be put aside, with sensational boxing skills expected to take centre stage.

Venter’s educated left jab puts him in good stead to steal the show, but it might not be enough to match Mchunu’s hard punching and power.

The latter has had the upper hand since he defeated Venter in their first fight last year.

Meanwhile, Gideon Buthelezi will fight Edrin Dapudong in pursuit of the vacant IBO super flyweight belt.

Buthelezi is an underrated boxer, and there is no better platform and opportunity for him to prove himself than this one.

The last bout features a contest for the IBO All Africa light heavyweight title, featuring Ryno “The Lion” Liebenberg defending his title against Zambian Donald Kampamba.

“The Lion” dethroned Jonny Muller to take the title over a month ago and on Saturday, he will make his first defence against an unknown challenger, who may well give Liebenberg a run for his money.

Super 8 Final Bouts Card-030


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