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BOXING trainer Nick Durandt's achievement of producing three IBF champions this year warrants both the prestigious State President's Award and Boxing SA's 2009 Trainer of the Year award.
The State President's Award eluded him in 1995 when, at 30, Durandt produced South Africa's first-ever WBC champion, Thulani "Sugarboy" Malinga.
Durandt and Malinga had the added honour of meeting then president Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton.
Durandt was excellent this year. He guided Isaac Hlatshwayo, Simphiwe Nongqayi and Moruti Mthalane to victories in welterweight, super flyweight and flyweight championship fights. The wins happened three months apart.
Hlatshwayo and Nongqayi won their belts in foreign countries while Mthalane won his here last weekend, defeating Mexican Julio Miranda. That victory catapulted Durandt to the top.
Hlatshwayo, Nongqayi and Mthalane are promoted by Branco Milenkovic.
l Has produced 19 world champions, 87 South Africans titlists and 34 international belt holders; l Trainer of the year twice in succession and manager of the year in three consecutive years;|l Produced SA's first All Africa champion (Malinga);l First to be involved in a world title fight between local fighters (Cassius Baloyi and Anton Gilmore);l First to have his fighters facing each other in a world title fight (Cassius Baloyi vs Malcom Klassen for the IBF title);l Was in the corner when unfancied Hasim Rahman stunned hot favourite Lennox Lewis for the WBC and IBF heavyweight belts here in 2001; andl Trained ace actor Will Smith for his role as Muhammad Ali.
Durandt's fighters always produce fireworks in the ring because they are superbly conditioned by his gruelling training methods.