By SYDNEY MORWENG and THABISILE MASIMULA
The much anticipated battle between two of South Africa’s top boxing ‘kings’ Isaac Chilemba and Thomas Oosthuizen at Emperors Palace this Saturday- Novermber 6, has been billed as ‘Declaration of War’.
Chilemba who is South Africa’s World Boxing Organization current champ has promised to dethrone his counterpart Oosthuzein by teaching him a lesson and disrespecting him in their 12 round duel.
Addressing members of the press at the announcement, the bald headed and smooth talking Chilemba, who was seated next to her manager and the only female in SA to manage a boxer Jody Solomon, noted that he’s more prepared for this fight as he has been training hard for this match, this is after being in sparring and intensive training for the past two months under his coach Elias Tshabalala.
It was a contrast because the latter left much of the talking to his managers, which conversely, tend to be intimidating to the opponent.
“Yes, this is war,” declared the defending middleweight Champion as he made his way to the scale for weight readiness.
On the left was former World Champ and now physical trainer Harold” The Hammer” Volbrecht star “Tommy” as his better known within the boxing fraternity. Tommy’s face could be mistaken for that of model what with small eyes and tiny face structure.
Unfortunately, that is not the case!
His was simple and straight-forward: “Come rainy or shiny I’m going to take what is rightfully mine, much to the applause from audience.”
Volbrecht, who was known for his sterling punches, boasted that his boxer has learnt a thing or two since joining his stable, and his moves will be too much for Chilemba.
“I am fit, colourful and ready to smash this opponent,” says Oosthuizen pointing his finger towards Chilemba.
Other bouts will feature Bongani Dlamini up- against Joseph Modise for the 8-round lightweight match, and Vinvin Rufino from Phillipines will takes on Sipho “Tsunami” Taliwe for the WBC International Super Featherweight title scheduled for 12 rounds.
For International Lightweight going for 10 rounds, Daniel Dorrego versus Jason Bedeman, and for International Heavyweight going for six rounds Mauro Adrian Ordiales from Argentina takes on SA favorite Flo Simba.
Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves, who are the promoters of this boxing extravaganza, also added his voice by down playing any rumours that he’s responsible for the non-appearance of the controversial Malcolm Klaasen.
“Let me make it clear to those not familiar with behind the scenes activities: the latter was unfortunately caught in the cross-fire between certain promoters hence he’s not here today with us,” he clarified.
“I wanted him to be part of this experience but his promoter decided otherwise.”
It starts from 8pm.
Tickets are available at Computicket and Emperors Palace..