Renowned boxing coach Nick Durandt dies at 53

Accomplished boxing trainer Nick Durandt died in a motorcycle accident on Friday near Clarens, Free State according to several reports.

Although he had never boxed himself, Durandt had a sparkling career as a boxing coach and “produced 95 South African champions in all 17 weight divisions, 38 world champions and 27 international champions through the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, WBF and IBO organisations”, according to SuperSport.

Boxers such as Isaac Hlatshwayo, Phillip “The Timebomb” Ndou, Hawk Makepula, Cassius Baloyi, Zolani Tete and Silence Mabuza trained, and won titles, under Durandt’s tutelage.

The coach boasted a stellar roster of fighters and had also spent time in training with international superstars such as Oscar de la Hoya, Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones Jr. He also helped train US boxer Hasim Rahman who knocked out three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis at Carnival City on April 22 2001. 

He announced his retirement in May last year, but continued to run several gyms in Johannesburg.

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Ofentse Mboweni
Ofentse Mboweni is communications officer for the Grow Great campaign. He has a keen interest in South African politics and history, is an avid reader and loves anything to do with good hip-hop music, literature and afrofuturism. Described as a "blerd" and postmodernist by some, he prefers to be called OJ.

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