Johannesburg - Super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen will come up
against another unbeaten boxer in Brandon Gonzalez at the Foxwoods Casino in
Mashantucket, Connecticut on June 29.
The South African's fight will feature on the undercard of the charismatic
Gennady Golovkin's defence of his WBA middleweight title against Matthew
Macklin and will be televised internationally.
But despite American-Mexican Gonzalez's record of 17 wins and no defeats,
doubts have been raised as to whether the fight in the United States will do
anything to enhance the 24 year-old Oosthuizen's ambition to earn a shot at the
title of one of the four top recognised boxing associations - namely the WBA,
WBC, IBF and WBO.
Notwithstanding the 28-year-old Gonzalez's unbeaten credentials and 15th
ranking by the IBF, is a less impressive placing of 37th on the IBO's computer
rankings and the fact that he has not beaten any boxer rated higher than 53rd.
Perhaps more significant is the fact that the former amateur champion has
never been involved in a fight of more than eight rounds during his six-year
professional career - earning him the dubious description of the
"Preliminary Man Champion."
However, Golden Gloves impresario Rodney Berman, under whose aegis
Oosthuizen has made the majority of his ring appearances in a career of 21
wins, one draw and no defeats, sees a victory over Gonzalez shooting the boxer
known as "Tommy Gun" up the IBF ratings as a current fifth challenger
for Carl Froch's title to second position.
"Being on a high-profiled bill with vast exposure via TV presents
Oosthuizen with the ideal opportunity to show his undoubted quality to an
international audience," said Berman.
Meanwhile the Gonzalez fight has been described as "a hiding to nothing
The expected victory will do little for his career, is a widespread view,
while a defeat will be something of a disaster - and the time seems overdue for
"Tommy Gun" to meet more highly recognised opponents.