Robert Berridge vs Thomas Oosthuizen - IBO Title Fight
New Zealand born boxer Robert Berridge is set to take on yet another international challenge this time in South Africa. Due to an injury to Australian Rob Powdrill, 30 year old Robert “The Butcher” Berridge inherited the opportunity to face South Africa’s #1 Light Heavyweight and current IBO World Light Heavyweight title champion Thomas Oosthuizen in Johannesburg next week.
Berridge and Team Butcher jumped at the chance for an IBO world title fight also looking for a chance to seek redemption after his last international outing in Philadelphia did not go so well, losing his Pan African and Oriental belts to Russian Vasily Lepikhin in August 2014.
Although this fight was taken at late notice, Team Butcher are utilising all available resources to get fight ready – one way of doing this is bringing in renowned American trainer Barry Robinson who has recently returned from masterminding Kiwi UFC fighter Daniel Hooker's KO victory in Australia. Berridge was also part of a training camp with Barry Robinson in Thailand last October. Barry Robinson a former Navy soldier and founder of “Clean Boxing” provide different ways to interpret a fight through analysis, and gaining deeper insight into the sport. Robinson has worked with boxer Simon Brown and K1 Max Champions Andy Souwer and Fedor Emilianenko. Earlier this week at Berridge’s training session Robinson stated “A good fighter capitalises on your mistakes, a great fighter makes you make mistakes”.
Robert Berridge comes off a much needed win in April this year where he fought Andrew Robinson for the IBO Oceania Light Heavyweight Title in his home town of Wanganui at Springvale Stadium winning by unanimous decision after 10 rounds.
Although younger, Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen is not to be taken lightly. The 6 foot 4 undefeated 27 year old southpaw fighter has fought at the Emperor’s Palace in South Africa19 times (out of his 26 fights) and was won 18 and drawn 1. With hometown and a 20cm height advantage the fight against this fast left hander will surely be a fight Berridge will need to be both physically and psychologically prepared for. Berridge shared insight into team strategy this week stating “Work the body, try and intimidate him and make it a hard fight for him.”
Robert “The Butcher” Berridge will face Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen for the International Boxing Organisation World Light Heavy Weight Title at “D-Day at the Palace” on June 6th at the Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa.