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No weight problems for Durandt's fighters

By unknown | Nov 28, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Trainer Nick Durandt has become such a disciplinarian that he makes the job of physicians who examine boxers for pre-fight medicals or weigh-ins so easy.

But keeping fighters within weight limits is a headache for many local trainers.

Recently Norman Hlabane came under the spotlight when his boxer, Dingaan Thobela, failed to make the weight limit for a fight.

A week ago Hlabane's other charge, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, had to take to the road to shed some extra weight after being overweight for his fight against Maxwell Awuku for the WBA Pan African title last Friday night, which he lost.

Boxers are allowed to be 3kg over the limit at pre-fight medicals and Durandt's boxers are either below this or within the official limit. He did not even monitor proceedings at the pre-fight medical of South African welterweight champion Lucky Lewele and flyweight kingpin Moruti Mthalane on Monday.

The limit for the welterweight division is 66,68kg, while for flyweights it is 50,8kg.

Lewele and Mthalane comfortably tipped the scales at 67,26kg and 52kg, respectively.

Lewele defends his title against Sabelo Nyuswa and Mthalane defends against Sabelo Zamumzi Xola on Friday night. Nyuswa weighed 68,40kg while Xola will conduct his pre-fight medical in Western Cape today.

The double-header will be promoted by Kenosi Mlabateki at Orlando Communal Hall, in Soweto.

Mlabateki said the entrance fee will be R50 for men and R30 for women and children.


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