Overweight Tommy Gun stripped of his title
Thomas Oosthuizen’s camp is devastated that the fighter lost his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) light heavyweight title without even defending it.
This after the man nicknamed “Tommy Gun” failed to make the required 79.38kg limit at the official weigh-in on Friday.
This came on the eve of his title defence fight against New Zealand’s Robert “The Butcher” Berridge at Emperors Palace on the East Rand last night.
Benoni-based Oosthuizen (26) tipped the scales at 80.6kg – 1.22kg over the limit – while his opponent was well within the mark, and was declared fit and ready.
The weight snag led to Oosthuizen being stripped of his crown – almost three months after he had won it.
Last night’s bout, in which he was to feature as the main fight on the Chesa Nyama bill, was instead reduced to the undercard.
The main feature was the World Boxing Association Pan-African lightweight championship between Xolisani Ndongeni and Mzonke Fana.
Oosthuizen’s trainer, Harold Volbrecht, was at pains to explain his frustration at what had happened.
“This is frustrating because we did not expect it to occur. My guy weighed in at 84kg a few days ago and we managed to bring his weight down,” said Volbrecht.
“But on Friday, the final day, we were surprised to see him at the weigh-in failing to shed the extra kilos to make the limit. I guess this is life.”
Volbrecht said they would go back to the drawing board this week and plan ahead for the future.
Boxing rules stipulate that a champion gets stripped of his championship belt if he fails to make the required weight limit.
He also forfeits 30% of his purse money, which is also what has happened to Oosthuizen.
Promoter Rodney Berman said on his website: “Tommy has let everyone down. It’s very disappointing.
“What I fail to understand is that nobody had the decency to come and tell us there was an issue. We had to find out when Tommy was on the scales.”
Oosthuizen won the title after beating Ryno Liebenberg in a split decision at Emperors Palace in March.
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