IT'S going to be David vs Goliath when Thomas Oosthuizen takes on Thomas Awinbono at Emperors Palace near the OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday night.
This according to renowned boxing analyst Terry "Terrible Terence" Pettifer, who was reacting to the news that the tall and athletic Oosthuizen would be defending the WBA Pan African super middleweight belt against the stocky Ghanaian foe instead of Zambian John Chibuta.
"Awinbono is a dangerous opponent," cautioned Pettifer, who announced that Chibuta picked up an injury during training last week.
Oosthuizen, 22, who is nicknamed "Tommy Gun", is a left-handed fighter and has a tendency to drop his right hand too low.
"Tommy has to be extra careful because he might pay a heavy price for dropping his right hand too low. Awinbono throws a hell of an overhand left," said Pettifer, diplomatically picking Oosthuizen to win.
Oosthuizen's trainer, the accomplished Harold Volbrecht, was not available for comment yesterday.
Oosthuizen has nine wins with seven stoppages, and Awinbono, 29, has seven wins (4 KOs), three defeats and a draw. Their 12-rounder will form part of Golden Gloves' six-bout programme that has been dubbed "Prelude".
Hekkie Budler and Juanito Rubillar from the Philippines will top the programme in the fight for
the vacant IBO junior flyweight title, while Tshifhiwa Munyai will defend the WBA International bantamweight strap against Daniel Ferreras, also from the Philippines.
Jason Bedeman and Ghanaian Bilal Mohammed will fight for the vacant WBA Pan Africa lightweight title, while Kgotla Baeti and Danile Bothman will meet over eight rounds in the lightweight division with Flo Simba and Stephen Castle concluding the bill in a four-rounder in the heavyweight class.
l Mlungisi Dlamini was named the World Boxing Foundation's World Boxer of 2009, while Oscar Chauke and Noni Tenge won the awards for Africa.
The fiercely contested WBF junior featherweight fight between Takalani Ndlovu and Chauke was voted fight of the year in Africa, and S'Phatho Handi was voted promoter of 2009. Yours truly won the Writer of the Year Award.