Tommy Gun shoots himself in the foot
Promoter calls boxer a‘ druggie and alcoholic’, declaring his career over
The once-glorious boxing career of Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen has seemingly come to an end due to a lack of self-discipline in and out of the ring. This after the 27-year-old unbeaten former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) light heavyweight champion was sacked by his stable, Golden Gloves Promotions, on Thursday.
Oosthuizen allegedly told his promoter, Rodney Berman, this week he was not fit enough to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight kingpin Jürgen Brähmer in Germany on March 16.
The boxer’s actions led to the cancellation of the bout, rubbing Berman up the wrong way.
An angry Golden Gloves boss has labelled Oosthuizen “a druggie and alcoholic who is beyond any help”.
A peeved Berman told City Press on Friday they were done with the pugilist, as he was extremely illdisciplined.
“Look, this is the final nail in the coffin – Tommy is finished as a fighter. I can’t see him having another fight. The stark reality is that he’s both a druggie and alcoholic who is beyond any help,” said Berman.
Berman said it was a hard pill to swallow when Oosthuizen sidestepped the crucial fight against the German.
“He’s a problematic youngster who cannot control himself. I’m done with him because he’s a disgrace to boxing.”
Attempts to reach Oosthuizen were in vain, even through his trainer Harold Volbrecht.
Instead, Oosthuizen ranted on Facebook with sarcastic comments.
He wrote on Thursday: “I’m not in competition to prove I’m the best any more, if boxing does not want to send me who they rate is the best in the sport then there is no need for me to boks [sic] at this moment in my life ... I will go on with my life till then. I can do all things through Him [God] who strengthens me. Not only boxing.”
Volbrecht said his charge told him that he had sidestepped the Brähmer bout as he [Oosthuizen] wanted to fight the best in the world.
“I know nothing about him and drugs. His family told me he is not keen for a fight in Germany. I’m disappointed the promoter has cut ties with him,” said Volbrecht.
This is the second time in seven months that Oosthuizen has angered his principals.
In June last year, he lost his IBO light heavyweight championship belt without defending it after he failed to meet the division’s weight requirements, rendering the title vacant.
At the time, the Boksburg, Ekurhuleni-based boxer was due to defend his title against New Zealand’s Robert Berridge at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.
It seems the Oosthuizen-Brähmer bout was doomed from the start.
The fight was originally scheduled to take place last November in Monaco but was postponed after Brähmer suffered a hand injury.
Thomas Oosthuizen has angered his principals again