Thomas Oosthuizen

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Thomas Oosthuizen
Statistics
Nickname(s) Tommy Gun
Weight(s)
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Reach 198 cm (78 in)
Nationality South African
Born (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 29)
Gauteng, South Africa
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 27
Wins by KO 16
Losses 1
Draws 2

Thomas Oosthuizen (/ˈwɛst.hzən/ WEST-hy-zən; born 2 April 1988) is a South African professional boxer. He is a former IBO world champion in two weight classes, having held the super-middleweight title from 2011 to 2014, and the light-heavyweight title in 2015.

Professional career[edit]

Oosthuizen made his professional debut on 29 February 2008, knocking out Johannes Swart in two rounds. He then reeled off twelve straight victories, nine of which coming by way of knockout.

IBO super-middleweight champion[edit]

On 6 November 2010, Oosthuizen faced off against IBO Super Middleweight titleholder Isaac Chilemba. The result was a split-decision draw which allowed Chilemba to retain the title, Oosthuizen claims that attempted to make a rematch were swiftly declined.[1] On 26 March 2011, Oosthuizen got a second crack at the IBO title against Evert Bravo (Chilemba had vacated the title to move up to the Light Heavyweight class).[2] Oosthuizen won the fight via a ninth round technical knockout, which saw the referee stepping in to save Bravo from taking further punishment.[3] Oosthuizen made his American debut on the undercard of the Jan Zaveck vs. Andre Berto bout, winning a unanimous decision over Aaron Pryor Jr on 3 September 2011.[4]

After two seemingly lackluster performances (a draw with Brandon Gonzáles and split decision victory over Ezequiel Maderna), a motorcycle injury forced Oosthuizen to withdraw from a scheduled bout fight with Eleider Alvarez. He was subsequently released by his promoter Rodney Berman, who cited the fact that Oosthuizen was at least 13 pounds over the 175 lb. limit for the bout; stating, "He's had so many chances and blown every one".[5] Following a brief stint in rehabilitation, Oosthuizen was able to mend ties with his promoter in an attempt to move forward with his boxing career.[6] He vacated his IBO Super Middleweight Title on April 21, 2014 and is scheduled to face Frenchman Doudou Ngumbu in Light Heavyweight bout.[7][8]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
30 fights 27 wins 1 loss
By knockout 16 0
By decision 11 1
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Loss 27–1–2 Russia Igor Mikhalkin UD 12 19 May 2017 Germany Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany For vacant IBO light-heavyweight title
29 Win 27–0–2 Tanzania Said Mbelwa KO 3 (12) 28 Apr 2017 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa Won vacant ABU light-heavyweight title
28 Win 26–0–2 South Africa Daniel Bruwer TKO 9 (12) 27 Aug 2016 South Africa Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, South Africa Won vacant WBA Pan African light-heavyweight title
27 Win 25–0–2 New Zealand Robert Berridge UD 12 6 Jun 2015 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
26 Win 24–0–2 South Africa Ryno Liebenberg SD 12 14 Mar 2015 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant IBO light-heavyweight title
25 Win 23–0–2 Russia Denis Grachev RTD 11 (12), 3:00 15 Nov 2014 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant WBC International light-heavyweight title
24 Win 22–0–2 Argentina Ezequiel Maderna MD 12 9 Nov 2013 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained IBO super-middleweight title
23 Draw 21–0–2 United States Brandon Gonzáles SD 10 29 Jun 2013 United States MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Ledyard, Connecticut, US
22 Win 21–0–1 Colombia Fulgencio Zúñiga UD 12 10 Nov 2012 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained IBO super-middleweight title
21 Win 20–0–1 United States Rowland Bryant UD 12 2 Aug 2012 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, US Retained IBO super-middleweight title
20 Win 19–0–1 United States Marcus Johnson UD 10 27 Apr 2012 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, US
19 Win 18–0–1 Australia Serge Yannick TKO 6 (12), 0:47 3 Mar 2012 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained IBO super-middleweight title
18 Win 17–0–1 Mexico Francisco Sierra TKO 11 (12), 2:59 23 Nov 2011 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained IBO super-middleweight title
17 Win 16–0–1 United States Aaron Pryor Jr. UD 12 3 Sep 2011 United States Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, US Retained IBO super-middleweight title
16 Win 15–0–1 South Africa William Gare UD 12 4 Jun 2011 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained IBO super-middleweight title
15 Win 14–0–1 Colombia Evert Bravo TKO 9 (12), 2:34 26 Mar 2011 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant IBO super-middleweight title
14 Draw 13–0–1 Malawi Isaac Chilemba SD 12 6 Nov 2010 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa For IBO super-middleweight title
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Saúl Román KO 8 (10), 0:35 27 Apr 2010 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
12 Win 12–0 Ghana Thomas Awinbono UD 12 27 Feb 2010 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained WBA Pan African super-middleweight title
11 Win 11–0 South Africa Tshepang Mohale KO 4 (12), 0:48 31 Oct 2009 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant WBA Pan African super-middleweight title
10 Win 10–0 Brazil Cleber Argente Alves UD 10 12 Sep 2009 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant IBO Youth super-middleweight title
9 Win 9–0 South Africa Jared Lovett SD 10 11 Jul 2009 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant IBO Youth light-heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Uganda Semanda Shabane TKO 1 (8), 2:58 1 Apr 2009 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
7 Win 7–0 South Africa Jeremiah Baloyi TKO 1 (4) 17 Nov 2008 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
6 Win 6–0 South Africa Mfundo Wongo KO 3 (4) 7 Oct 2008 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
5 Win 5–0 South Africa Mzukiseni Lengesi TKO 1 (4) 13 Sep 2008 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
4 Win 4–0 South Africa Ayanda Nongena TKO 1 (4) 1 Aug 2008 South Africa Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, South Africa
3 Win 3–0 South Africa Takalani Maluleke TKO 3 (4) 15 Jul 2008 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
2 Win 2–0 South Africa Shawn Sombyala TKO 1 (4) 28 May 2008 South Africa Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, South Africa
1 Win 1–0 South Africa Johannes Swart TKO 2 (4) 29 Feb 2008 South Africa Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, South Africa Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Thomas is the son of former two-division South African champion Charles Oosthuizen. Thomas is the youngest of three siblings, and has a sister Charlene (31) and a brother Charles (28).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wainwright, Anson (20 September 2011). "Thomas Oosthuizen: "I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day."". Max Boxing. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Ron (3 September 2011). "Oosthuizen-Bravo for IBO belt". Fightnews. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ Chaykovsky, Edward (26 March 2011). "Thomas Oosthuizen Stops Evert Bravo, Wins IBO Title". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  4. ^ Chaykovsky, Edward (3 September 2011). "Oosthuiszen, Bailey and Del Valle Win Bouts in Biloxi". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  5. ^ Rafael, Dan (26 January 2014). "Thomas Oosthuizen injured, released". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  6. ^ ""Tommy Gun" re-loads!". Golden Gloves. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  7. ^ "No-title 'Tommy Gun' turns the corner". Golden Gloves. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  8. ^ "OOSTHUIZEN FACES NGUMBU ON RETURN.." World Boxing News. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title IBO Youth light-heavyweight champion
11 July 2009 – 12 September 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Umar Salamov
IBO Youth super-middleweight champion
12 September 2009 – September 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Pasquale Parmigiano
Vacant
Title last held by
Kariz Kariuki
WBA Pan African super-middleweight champion
31 October 2009 – November 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Serge Yannick
Vacant
Title last held by
Ryno Liebenberg
WBC International light-heavyweight champion
15 November 2014 – March 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Andrzej Fonfara
Vacant
Title last held by
Ebenezer Tetteh
WBA Pan African light-heavyweight champion
27 August 2016 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Daniel Wanyonyi
ABU light-heavyweight champion
28 April 2017 – present
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Isaac Chilemba
IBO super-middleweight champion
26 March 2011 – 22 April 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Don George
Vacant
Title last held by
Blake Caparello
IBO light-heavyweight champion
14 March 2015 – 5 June 2015
Stripped (title lost on the scales)
Vacant
Title next held by
Umar Salamov