Durandt not welcome

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

A hostile reception awaits Gauteng boxing mentor Nick Durandt, who will come face to face with his nemeses in Eastern Cape on Friday night.

Trainers and managers in that province are up in arms after Durandt announced that he intends opening a boxing gym there. They made it clear Durandt was not welcome.

Durandt will be in Eastern Cape on a different mission on Friday. His fighters Jeffrey Mathebula and Phumzile Matyhila will be involved in WBC International title fights at the Orient Theatre in East London.

Mathebula from Limpopo, who fights out of Gauteng, will defend his WBC International featherweight belt against Themba Tshicila while Matyhila will collide with his homeboy from Mdantsane Sizwe Sinyabi for the vacant WBC International junior flyweight title.

Another Limpopo fighter, Godfrey Nzimande, who is based in Gauteng but under Paul Chabalala, will collide with Eastern Cape fighter Mpumelelo Mbedle for the vacant South African junior lightweight title.

These three title fights will be promoted by Branco Milenkovic, who has pledged 30 percent of the gate takings to the ailing former fighter, Nkosana Mgxaji.

Matyhila and Mathebula are former Sydney 2000 Olympians. They worked with trainer Lennox Mpulampula in the South African squad. Mpulampula is Sinyabi's trainer.