BRIAN "Mean Machine" Mitchell, who was inducted to the International Hall of Fame last month, has described Jared "The Storm" Lovett as the next major drawcard in South African boxing.
Mitchell was that kind of fighter in his heyday.
The former WBA and IBF junior lightweight champion hung up his boxing gloves in 1985 with an impressive CV of 45 wins, including 21 knockouts, and three defeats.
He manages the promising career of Lovett, who will take on Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen on Saturday night for the sought-after IBO Youth light heavyweight title at Emperors Palace.
"While I don't underestimate Oosthuizen, I really cannot see him handling Lovett's power.
"Indeed, Jared has to be this country's most explosive knockout puncher since the days of Charlie Weir," Mitchell said yesterday.
Lovett, whose fighting skills are honed by Collin Nathan, is from the south of Johannesburg where he commands huge support.
Oosthuizen, who fights out of the Hammer Gym of Harold Volbrecht, comes from the east of Johannesburg. He enjoys huge support from Boksburg.
Volbrecht once trained Mitchell.
"Brian is way off the mark. Nobody, pound-for-pound, hits as hard as Tommy.
"And come Saturday night, South Africa will have a new torchbearer in the power stakes category," Volbrecht said.
Meanwhile, Charles Oosthuizen, Tommy's father and a dual South African champion in the 1980s, is amused by the difference of opinion.
Few experts have tipped Oosthuizen to emerge victorious though he has a height and reach advantage over Lovett.
Lovett and Oosthuizen, both 22, are undefeated after six fights, with all their wins coming by way of knockouts.