The bout marked just the third appearance by Oosthuizen outside of his native South Africa.
South African Super Middleweight Rolls Past Orlando’s Rowland Bryant
IBO Super Middleweight Champion Thomas Oosthuizen (20-0-1, 13 KOs) used his height and size advantage to maintain his title with somewhat relative ease on Thursday night, defeating the previously once-beaten Rowland Bryant (16-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision. The championship bout was part of the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing, which was hosted by the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
"He was a tough guy who took some really big shots," the South African fighter said after the bout. "I know there are still things that I need to improve on, and I will go back to the drawing board with my team after this. I am happy that I had the opportunity to perform here in New York, and whatever my team decides is next for me, I will be ready."
The overall theme of this bout was spacing, with the taller Oosthuizen pretty much dominant when he kept his opposition on the edge of his range. However, Bryant did find some success when he was able to get inside, but Oosthuizen was able to roll off and create the separation he needed before he absorbed much damage. There was no secret about the approach of Bryant, who tried to make the fight close-range for the entirety of the 12-round affair. When he came forward, though, he oftentimes put himself in a vulnerable position because he would progress with his upper body leaning forward, and his South African counterpart capitalized when he stuck his head out there.
Both competitors should be credited for their chins, as each ate some powerful shots but never really looked to be in any type of significant danger. Oosthuizen did begin to show some swelling under his right eye during the second half of the fight, but it never really came into play after his corner was able to slow its progression as the action continued.
Oosthuizen did well in breaking Bryant down as the bout entered the championship rounds, with the gritty Orlando native understandably exhausting from punching upwards at his taller opponent all night. Durability is also a quality that Oosthuizen proved that he has, absorbing any punches from Bryant and firing back before he could follow up on any temporary damage.
This bout did eventually go the entire 12-round distance, but the score cards reflected the fairly dominant performance by Oosthuizen. When the judges were called upon at ringside, he retained his IBO Belt with scores of 117-111 (twice) and 118-110.
Broadway Boxing Undercard Results