More Vacant Than Silver

By Clarence George on January 3, 2014
More Vacant Than Silver
Thomas Oosthuizen will face Eleider Alvarez for a scheduled 12-rounder in Montreal.

South African southpaw Thomas Oosthuizen returns to the ring January 18, but not to defend his IBO super middleweight strap…

“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”—Khalil Gibran

South African southpaw Thomas Oosthuizen returns to the ring January 18, but not to defend his IBO super middleweight strap. At stake—wait for it—is the vacant WBC silver light heavyweight title.

“Tommy Gun” will face Eleider Alvarez for a scheduled 12-rounder at the Bell Centre in Montreal on the undercard of the Lucian Bute-Jean Pascal main event.

Twenty-five-year-old Oosthuizen (22-0-2, 13 KOs), a pro since 2008 and champ since 2011, had a lackluster 2013. A highly controversial draw against Brandon Gonzales in June was followed by a so-so win, by majority decision, over Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna in November.

A pro since 2009, 29-year-old Alvarez (13-0, 8 KOs) fought twice last year, stopping Nicholson Poulard by third-round TKO in March and beating Edison Miranda by unanimous decision in September. A Colombian, “Storm” now fights out of Montreal.

That favorite-son status can only help, but it may not be enough. Yes, Storm is a natural light heavy (for whatever it’s worth, NABO and NABA titlist), while Tommy Gun is a super middle, and a stick insect to boot. The former is 6’ and weighed almost 180 when he beat Miranda, while the latter is 6’4” and weighed under 168 in his bout with Maderna. But promising as is Alvarez, and unimpressive as has been Oosthuizen in recent outings, the Colombian-Canadian doesn’t appear to have the necessary experience, at least not as a pro, to beat the South African. 

Oosthuizen by hard-fought unanimous decision.

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  1. Clarence George 10:35am, 01/06/2014

    Too effing ridiculous for words:

  2. Rick 06:57pm, 01/04/2014

    I will be suprised if this card even takes place. Wasn’t Bute-Pascal supposed to happen like a year ago? But yeah “Tommy Gun” should be forced to change his moniker to “Cap Gun”. I have no desire to watch him fight whatsoever. And do these guys actually pay sanctioning fees to hold these bullshit titles? I imagine that’s the only reason they exist. These fighters should stick together and refuse this nonsense.

  3. Ted 09:25am, 01/03/2014

    Thomas Oosthuizen makes Ishe Smith, Carlos Molina and Rigo look exciting. Videos of this guy’s fights should be shown to captured terrorists to make them confess to their transgressions. Justin Bieber could sing along to add to the cruel and unusual punishment.

  4. Clarence George 08:59am, 01/03/2014

    Bloodless…you’re absolutely right, Irish.

    Speaking of South Africa, I just started the book Eric recommended—“Into the Cannibal’s Pot,” by Ilana Mercer (who appears to be a looker).

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:43am, 01/03/2014

    Clarence George-Lackluster?....bloodless is more like it…..typical of the Boers in South Africa who don’t seem to realize that they are in the pot like the proverbial frog and the heat has been turned on high.

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