To his detractors it may sound funny that we are glorifying someone whose wayward life landed him in jail.
But Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen, the the former two weight division boxing champion - IBO super middleweight and light heavyweight titlist - is a good boxer deserving credit for his craft.
Having spent almost 17 months behind bars for dealing in drugs, the 30-year-old talented left-hander, the son of former SA junior middleweight and middleweight champion Charles Oosthuizen, walked straight into an ABU title fight and won it against Thabiso Mchunu last weekend.
Oosthuizen remains undefeated in a local ring and is yet to lose against a South African. He joins the list which includes Sabelo Jubatha, Mzukisi Roberts, Lindile Tshemese, Jarred Silverman and Dingaan "Rose of Soweto" Thobela.