storm brews in ring

X-FACTOR: Experts feel Harold Volbrecht's experience will give Thomas Tommy Gun Oosthuizen the edge over Jarred Lovett.  Cicra 2008. Pic. Vathiswa Ruselo.   © Sowetan.
X-FACTOR: Experts feel Harold Volbrecht's experience will give Thomas Tommy Gun Oosthuizen the edge over Jarred Lovett. Cicra 2008. Pic. Vathiswa Ruselo. © Sowetan.

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The blowout between two of the country's most explosive starlets, Jarred "The Storm" Lovett and Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen is scheduled for July 11 but already tongues are wagging.

These two hammer-fisted 21-year-olds command huge support from the south of Johannesburg and Brakpan where they live.

All hell is set to break loose when they fight for the IBO Youth light heavyweight belt. Victory guarantees a top spot in the IBO ratings.

Both fighters are undefeated. Lovett boasts seven stoppages in as many fights while Oosthuizen has flattened eight of his foes.

Their fight will be presented by Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman at Emperors Palace.

Most analyst, fighters, trainers and managers say Oosthuizen will emerge victorious because vastly experienced trainer Harold Volbrecht is in his corner.

The former professional fighter reigned supreme as the South African welterweight king for 11 years.

Volbrecht fought from a left-hand stance, as does Oosthuizen.

He guided Corrie Sanders, another lefty, to stardom, winning the WBU and WBO heavyweight belts, and helped Mzukisi Sikali to win the IBO flyweight belt.

Volbrecht described Oosthuizen as a boxer with a granite jaw, heart of a lion, speed of a cheetah and a killer punch.

Nathan, who has done well with a crop of young fighters, warned that Oosthuizen's obsession with fighting Lovett could turn out to be his worst nightmare.

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