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Durandt to be by joyi's side

By Bongani Magasela | Jun 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IN a shocking yet praiseworthy move, Lennox Mpulampula has put his ego aside and placed the interest of Nkosinathi "Mabere" Joyi first.

IN a shocking yet praiseworthy move, Lennox Mpulampula has put his ego aside and placed the interest of Nkosinathi "Mabere" Joyi first.

This seasoned boxing mentor from East London, whose expertise earned him Boxing SA's trainer of 2008 award, has accepted an extra hand in his corner - trainer Nick Durandt - when Joyi takes on Florante "The Little Pacquiao" Condes for the IBF mini flyweight title eliminator at East London's Orient Theatre on Friday night.

For that Mpulampula deserves the greatest respect from the boxing front.

This man is former coach of the SA National Amateur Boxing Organisation (Sanabo) team of fighters like Osborne Machimana, Zolani Marali and Silence Mabuza.

Mpulampula guided Joyi to winning the SA belt which he defended seven times. He relinquished it after winning the IBO strap which he has defended three times.

Affectionately called "Boy Boy", Mpulampula was able to assist Lubabalo Msuthu, an average fighter, to become the WBF bantamweight holder. Also, Mpulampula's ability enabled him to guide an inexperienced Themba Joyi (Nkosinathi's brother) to victory for the SA super flyweight championship last year.

These fighters are managed by S'Phatho Handi who owns Enothole Boxing Gym in Mdantsane. Handi doubles as a promoter under the banner of Mamali Boxing Promotions.

Nkosinathi, 26, who forms a strong part on that set-up, is rated third by the IBF while Condes, 29, the former IBF champion from Philippines, is a spot below Joyi.

Condes won the IBF diadem from Indonesian Muhammad Rachman on July 7 2007 but lost it to Raul Garcia the following year on June 14. Joyi goes into this fight knowing too well that he will forfeit the IBO strap the moment he enters the ring, the IBO warned him last month.

The Branco Sports Production of promoters Branco Milenkovic and Jacob Matlala will stage this fight. Initially it was to be presented by Handi but his failure to meet the IBF's requirements saw him forfeit those rights - later given to the BSP.

Milenkovic and Matlala have a history with Durandt who has been in the corner of their charge, Mzonke Fana, more than once in Fans' big fights including the IBF championship in 2007 when "The Rose of Khayelitsha" won that belt from Malcom Klassen.

Joyi and Condes come eye-to-eye at a media briefing at SABC headquarters in Auckland Park this morning.


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