Tommy “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen, the former IBO super middleweight and light heavyweight champion, fights Youssouf Kasanga Mwanza of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Saturday afternoon at The Metropolis in Pretoria after a 30-month layoff.
Oosthuizen, 33, who fights from the southpaw position, made his professional debut on February 29, 2008, and has a 28-3-2 record; 16.
He won the IBO super middleweight title in March 2011 and successfully defended it seven times before relinquishing it in April 2014.
Tommy then stepped up to the light heavyweight division, defeating fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg in a 12-round points decision for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title on June 6, 2015.
He also won the IBO Youth light heavyweight, WBA Pan African super middleweight, WBC International light heavyweight, and WBA Pan African light heavyweight belts in an exceptional career before things went wrong in his life outside the ring.
Mwanza is said to have fought 13 times, winning eight times, losing four times, and drawing once, but we don’t know who he fought or where he fought, except for the four fights recorded on Boxrec.
With wins against George Tsimanga (pts 4) and Khayeni Tsimanga (pts 4) and losses over Akani Phuzi (pts 12) and a third-round stoppage against Chris Thompson on June 23, 2019, which is the last match on his record that can be located, his record is far from remarkable.
According to YouTube, Thompson will face Mussa Adjibu of Malawi on the same card, with Adjibu having a ten-loss record, with nine of those losses coming inside the distance.
Despite the fact that Oosthuizen and Mwanza have been out of the game for some time, this appears to be a complete mismatch.
On the undercard, Hendrick Lando fights Linda Ntshingila in an eight-round junior-middleweight match, while Rita Mrwebi fights Rushda Mallick in a six-round woman’s middleweight bout.