Oosthuizen set to take on Mchunu in cruiserweight debut
3kings has learned that former IBO Super-Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen (27-1-2, 16 KOs) will face veteran Thabiso Mchunu (19-4, 12 KOs).
Oosthuizen, a 30 year-old South African fighter, is probably one of the most forgotten fighters in boxing.
His career is marked with lackluster performances, injuries, promotional issues and a brief stint in rehabilitation.
Once considered an opponent for current WBO champion Eleider Alvarez, he is now looking to make a comeback at the cruiserweight division.
His resume is decent with names like Igor Mikhalkin, Ryno Liebenberg, Brandon Gonzales and Isaac Chilemba.
The southpaw boxer has won several versions of other minor titles as well. Therefore, his experience is apparent.
However, the big question is “does he have enough in the tank to comeback after a fifteen month layoff?”
In addition, this will be a new division against a crafty veteran.
Alternatively, we have seen fighters in the past perform better after taking some time off as well. From a mental perspective, the layoff may work in his favor.
Mchunu, also a 30 year-old South African fighter, is coming off a victory against Ricards Bolotniks by knockout.
He has campaigned at cruiserweight his entire career. Eddie Chambers and current undefeated undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk are amongst the bigger names he has shared the ring with.
This contest will be for the vacant African Boxing Union title that was once owned by Mchunu.
Oosthuizen will have a serious height and reach advantage.
Mchunu will have an edge in power, experience and possibly stamina.
The battle of these two South African fighters can be seen live stream on KlowdTV from the Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Sept 1.
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland