Thomas Oosthuizen Shines in U.S. Television Debut

Thomas Oosthuizen Shines in U.S. Television Debut With Unanimous Decision Victory over Marcus “Too Much” Johnson

Luis Orlando Del Valle & Jose Pedraza Score Action-Packed Unanimous Decision Wins

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MIAMI, Okla. (April 28, 2012) –-
Thomas Oosthuizen made the most of his United States television debut on
ShoBox: The New Generation by producing a crowd-pleasing
unanimous decision victory over Marcus “Too Much” Johnson. The 10-round
super middleweight bout was scored 98-91 on all three scorecards. In the
SHOWTIME® co-feature, unbeaten super bantamweight prospect
Luis Orlando Del Valle scored a hard-fought, 10-round
unanimous decision over Christopher Martin by the tallies of 100-89,
98-91 and 97-92. In the evening’s opening bout, Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza
won a unanimous decision over the relentless Gil Garcia by the scores of
79-72 and 80-71 two times in an eight-round super featherweight bout from
Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

After losing the first fight of his career in his last ShoBox appearance, Johnson (21-2,
15 KOs), of Houston, came out bullish and determined to outperform the IBO super
middleweight titlist Oosthuizen. Jumping out from his corner at the opening
bell, Johnson bolted directly at his six-foot-four opponent and attacked him
with a barrage of head and body blows. Oosthuizen (19-0-1, 13 KOs) of Gauteng,
South Africa, absorbed some early punishment but maintained his composure.

 

Despite his height advantage of more than five inches, the tall South African did not always keep
his distance, choosing to fight off the ropes during many portions of the
contest. As the bout entered the fourth and fifth rounds, the 26-year-old
Johnson slowed and Oosthuizen upped his work rate. A busy southpaw, Oosthuizen
threw most of his punches in bunches including repeated left-right, left-right
combos to the ribs.

 

In the eighth, Oosthuizen pressured Johnson into the blue corner and forced the Texan to take a
knee after landing a right hook to the body. Johnson beat the count and the two
battled it out for the final rounds before the scores revealed that Oosthuizen
claimed the latest victory in his budding career.

 

“I never underestimated Johnson,” said the 24-year-old Oosthuizen. “I expected him to
come out fast but I knew it would be sink or swim. I think he was surprised when
I surpassed his big punches at the beginning. I could tell he was beginning to
tire by the third or fourth round because I could hear how heavily he was
breathing.”

 

In the co-feature, Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., continued his pursuit of contender
status with a win over his toughest opponent to date. The Puerto Rico native won
the early rounds before Martin began to work his strong jab in the fourth to
make it a closer fight. Both natural counter punchers, the boxers got busier as
the fight advanced.

 

In the seventh, Martin (23-2-3, 6 KOs), of Chula Vista, Calif., was having a strong round and
switched to southpaw stance only to get caught by a left hook that dropped him
to the floor. When he rose to his feet, Dell Valle pressed forward but Martin
regained his composure and survived the round.

 

Del Valle and Martin engaged in many rousing exchanges over the last three rounds that created
swelling above the right eye of both 25-year-old fighters – as well as
excitement in the venue through the final bell.

 

To open the evening, Pedraza (8-0, 6 KOs) and Garcia (5-3-1, 1 KO) put on an entertaining display of
boxing. The highly touted prospect out of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Pedraza amassed
“a frightening connect percentage,” said SHOWTIME expert analyst Steve
Farhood
, landing 60 percent (281 of 471) of his shots. In the fifth round,
Pedraza badly staggered Houston’s Garcia with several shots to the head. Referee
Vic Drakulich ruled it a knockdown but video replay revealed that Garcia
did not touch the canvas and was not held up by the ropes. By late in the sixth
round, Pedraza had opened a cut over Garcia’s left eye.

 

Unfazed by the near knockdown or cut, Garcia pushed forward. Though Pedraza proved to be the quicker
and more polished boxer, Garcia won the crowd with his no-quit, unyielding fight
style. Garcia gave Pedraza a tough test through his resilience and body attack
but it was not enough to win the fight.

Mike Crispino called the action on ShoBox with Farhood serving as expert analyst. Gordon
Hall
is the executive producer of ShoBox with Richard
Gaughan
producing and Rick Phillips directing. For information on
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