Now trainer cuts ties with Oosthuizen

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

A week af­ter be­ing dumped by his pro­moter, the for­mer In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion light heavy­weight cham­pion Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen finds him­self with­out a trainer too.

It looks like Oosthuizen has be­come box­ing’s en­fant ter­ri­ble, and no one wants to be as­so­ci­ated with him.

Last week he was sacked by the Golden Gloves sta­ble for ill-dis­ci­pline. Now the boxer’s trainer, Harold “The Ham­mer” Volbrecht, has cut ties with him.

“Tommy’s lat­est con­duct put my name, as his trainer, in a bad light. The boy has got too many per­sonal prob­lems and should just find some­one who can nur­ture him. As for me, I’m done with him,” said a dis­ap­pointed Volbrecht, who had been with Tommy Gun for nine years.

The 27-year-old was kicked out by Golden Gloves boss Rod­ney Ber­man last Thurs­day for al­legedly re­fus­ing to chal­lenge Ger­many’s Jürgen Bräh­mer for the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) ti­tle in Ger­many next month.

Oosthuizen claimed he was not fit for the bout. The fight was can­celled and Ber­man la­belled the pugilist “a drug­gie and al­co­holic who is be­yond any help”.

Volbrecht said Oosthuizen would be re­moved from the WBA rat­ings, where he is cur­rently placed ninth.

“I’ve al­ways pro­tected him, but he has made me a bad per­son with what he has done.”

All at­tempts to reach Oosthuizen for com­ment drew a blank. He wrote on Face­book on Thurs­day: “Thank­ing ev­ery­one who is in box­ing with sup­port [mes­sages] and through life’s sit­u­a­tions never giv­ing up on me as hu­man with mis­takes ... I will Glo­rify God with all my flaws and flaunts! When the time comes He will be Glo­ri­fied ... may you all be blessed by the King of kings.”

EN­FANT TER­RI­BLE Thomas Oosthuizen

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