Tommy Gun shoots him­self in the foot

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A lack of self-dis­ci­pline both in and out of the ring has cost Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen the In­ter­na­tional Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion light heavy­weight cham­pi­onship belt, ac­cord­ing to trainer Harold “The Ham­mer” Vol­brecht.

Oosthuizen lost his ti­tle with­out de­fend­ing it by fail­ing to make the di­vi­sion’s re­quired 79.38kg limit at the of­fi­cial weigh-in last Fri­day.

He came in 1.22kg too heavy and was sub­se­quently stripped of his crown – even though he was due to take on New Zealand’s Robert Ber­ridge in a ti­tle de­fence the fol­low­ing day.

Oosthuizen (27) was docked 30% of his purse and the cham­pi­onship ti­tle has been de­clared va­cant.

Tommy Gun’s fail­ure to make the weight limit has in­fu­ri­ated his pro­moter, Rod­ney Ber­man, who has since sev­ered ties with the Boks­burg-based fighter.

A peeved Vol­brecht told City Press Oosthuizen’s ill-dis­ci­pline had ad­versely af­fected his ca­reer for the eight years the duo have been to­gether at the Ham­mer Gym in Boks­burg.

“The prob­lem with Tommy is that he is sin­gle. He mixes with the wrong friends who of­ten take him away from the gym when he is still train­ing. This has dam­aged his boxing ca­reer,” said Vol­brecht. He did, how­ever, ad­mit that Oosthuizen was a tal­ented boxer. “Look, he was fine two weeks be­fore the bout. He was able to con­trol his weight at the gym. I was shocked when he failed to make the limit on the eve of such a key fight,” he said.

Vol­brecht said he would sit down with his pugilist next week to dis­cuss his fu­ture.

“I may have to ad­vise him to con­sider fur­ther­ing his ca­reer in the UK,” he said.

Oosthuizen, who is un­beaten in 25 fights, won the then va­cant ti­tle in March by beat­ing Ryno Lieben­berg by un­con­vinc­ing unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion at Em­per­ors Palace.

Tommy Gun spent most of the time run­ning around the ring in­stead of fight­ing.

He seems to be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of other box­ers whose poor be­hav­iour led to ca­reer KOs (

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