After a hand injury on the German's part scrapped their first bout, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer is once more set to fight unbeaten South African Thomas Oosthuizen, according to the latter's promoters. Assuming that Braehmer's hand is totally healed in time, the bout will take place on March 12th in Germany.
No other specifics are as yet available.
Braehmer (47-2, 35 KO) has won sixteen straight dating back to a 2008 loss to Hugo Garay, defeating Marcus Oliveira for the vacant WBA belt in that time. While his inability to fight outside of Germany has limited his competition, the 37-year-old has faced some decent opposition, including Roberto Bolonti and Robin Krasniqi.
"Tommy Gun" is likely the best of the lot, though. Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KO), as Scott mentioned in his excellent Year in Review, was the Next Big Thing at 168 for a while but never managed to get over the hump. After drawing with Brandon Gonzalez in 2013, he moved up to light heavyweight, where he's beaten Denis Grachev, Ryno Liedenberg, and Robert Berridge.
Assuming nothing goes wrong again, it's a solid matchup between an aging veteran and a young man who's badly overdue for a breakout win. Any predictions?