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Durandt's best among the lot

By unknown | Aug 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Nick Durandt has proved beyond any reasonable doubt to be the best - second to none - member of the boxing fraternity here who can not only train or manage fighters.

But he can also venture into other legal money-making means yet still involving boxers, commissions, politicians, business people as well as celebrities for the sake of charity.

On August 7 last year Durandt organised a box-and-dine boxing tournament which involved Emperors Palace, Golden Gloves Promotions and Converse (Durandt's sponsors).

His seven-bout programme featuring his fighters was called Prive Boxing Ball. The dress code was tuxedo and gown.

Fees for tables of 10 were reasonably high and the response from diners was just unbelievable.

Comedian David Kau warmed them with his jokes while paving the way for action.

Something happened just before the main bout between Osborne Machimana and Jake Els - a roaring sound of motorbikes came from every corner of the Centre Court.

Harley Davidson bikes appeared carrying Durandt's champions straight to the ring where they all showed off their belts from various boxing organisations - much to deafening noise of appreciation from the fans.

Now you understand the reason behind boxers bolting their stables to join the overflowing yet productive Durandt's Gym in Bree Street.

The man makes boxing exciting.

For his Prive Boxing Ball Durandt penetrated through my heart and earned a special place. He is bringing a new dimension into this game which I love with a passion.

He warned that Saturday's night event will be a boxing night that will linger in peoples' minds from that day until infinity.

I cannot wait to see for myself.


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