Local boxing’s bad boy Tommy Oosthuizen turned nice guy at the prefight media conference at Emperors Palace on Tuesday‚ smiling his way through the verbal barbs and even wishing opponent Thabiso Mchunu well. The pair top the Call to Glory bill at the casino on Saturday night. At a media function to announce the bout a few months back, Oosthuizen called himself "the toughest f***ing guy around here" and spoke confidently of dispatching Mchunu and then Kevin Lerena. Not on Tuesday, when he kept his talk clean and short. "I was ready [for the fight] last week‚" he said. "All the best to the Smiths [Mchunu’s trainer Sean] and Thabiso." Smith said it was an honour to "go to war against Harold"‚ referring to Oosthuizen’s trainer‚ "The Hammer" Volbrecht‚ but took a dig at him. "Throw the running shoes away‚ it’s time to go to war." Oosthuizen smiled. His demeanour did not change when Smith’s father Kosie‚ the hard-hitting light-heavyweight star from the 1970s‚ interjected. "He can’t fight‚...

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