By Ron Jackson
Former IBO super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen returns to the ring after an absence of 14 months when he meets former two-time South African champion Daniel Bruwer at the Birchwood Hotel and O R Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg on Saturday August 27.
The 28-year-old Oosthuizen, who has a record of 26-0-2, 14 KOs, won the vacant IBO super middleweight belt with a ninth stoppage win over Evert Bravo and made seven successful defenses before relinquishing the belt in April 2014 and moved up to the light heavyweight division. In a clash for the vacant IBO light heavyweight belt he beat fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg on March 14 2015, before being stripped of the belt on June 6 when he came in overweight against Robert Berridge.
This was his last fight and it was reported that he went into a drug rehabilitation centre.
Bruwer, 31, a former South African light heavyweight and junior heavyweight champion who has a record 25-6-1, 21 KOs, has not fought since October 4 2014 when he was stopped in the seventh round by Olek Sandr.
Oosthuizen has left his long time trainer Harold Volbrect and is now under the guidance of Gert Strydom. Bruwer is trained by Damien Durandt who has taken over from his father Nick.
Both fighters have picked up weight during their inactivity and will have a lot to prove.
The tournament is presented by Andre Thysse.