‘Tommy Gun’ fired up to box, floor and silence Sierra

2011-10-22 18:55

Thomas Oosthuizen says exceptional memories of beating a famous name in boxing will inspire him when he faces Mexican Francisco Sierra.

The two combatants meet to contest for the former’s International Boxing Organisation super middleweight crown at Emperors Palace on November 23.Speaking at a press conference this week, Oosthuizen (22) said he still cherished the thought of having outboxed Aaron Pryor Jr (33), of the US. Their battle took place in the backyard of Pryor Jr last month.

The American is the son of non-stop punching and two-time world champion Aaron Pryor. But he is certainly not the same as his whirlwind-attacking father.

Oosthuizen, aka “Tommy Gun”, said it was an achievement beating a man Americans believed to be the successor to Pryor senior. “Victory over Pryor was not the ultimate, but whipping him in front of his fanatical partisan followers has motivated me for my next defence,” he said.

Oosthuizen is unbeaten in 17 battles, winning 10 on knockouts.

His rival, Sierra (23), has won 22 fights, 21 on knockouts, suffering three losses and a draw.

However, the man who brought Emperors Palace to life was James Maluleke, the handler of Giyani-born (in Limpopo) SA champion Amon Baloyi.

Baloyi meets Congolese Bongo Lipemba over six rounds in the welterweight preliminary fight.

Interrupting Golden Gloves Promotions publicist Brian Mitchell, Maluleke shouted: “Is that man (Lipemba) my fighter’s opponent? He is just too small and I am afraid that my man will eat him alive.”

In the main supporting bout, Siphiwe Taliwe defends his World Boxing Council international junior lightweight title against Jasper Seroke. The former said he would win convincingly.

Mitchell jokingly said Taliwe won the first round as Seroke “chickened out by failing to turn up at the conference”.

In another confrontation, Jason Bedeman takes on Samuel Malinga over eight rounds in the junior welterweight division. And Johnny Muller completes the
bill when he hosts Joe Saba of Ghana over eight rounds in the light heavyweight class.

Meanwhile, Takalani “Panther” Ndlovu (33) defends the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world junior featherweight crown against Mexican Giovanni Saro on Saturday.
Ndlovu, a southpaw of 38 bouts, will be disadvantaged by altitude as he will arrive in Mexico on Tuesday. On Friday, Moruti Mthalane (29) defends the IBF bantamweight crown against Andrea Sarritzu in Italy.

In another show, four World Boxing Federation title fights take place at Emperors Palace on November 19. In the main bout, a heavyweight battle, Francois “White Buffalo” Botha (43) of SA meets American Michael Grant.

In the junior welterweight, Ali Funeka takes on Zolani Marali and in the bantamweight division, Lubabalo Msutu takes on Dennis Tubieron and Gerry Nekhubu faces Mthobisi Buthelezi.

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