Durandt in good nick

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Nick Durandt's business acumen in working with every boxing promoter in order to get fights for his throng of fighters makes him the hot favourite for Boxing SA's Manager of the Year award.

The ceremony will take place at Sand du Plessis hall in Bloemfontein on February 15.

BSA spelt it loud and clear that a good manager "must be the one who creates opportunities and empowers boxers". The description fits Durandt like a glove.

Most of his champions work as personal trainers at his BoxerCise Gym in Norwood where they say they take home nothing less than R15000 a month.

That is what changed SA heavyweight champion Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimana.

His performance had dropped badly, his skills had deteriorated and he lost fights to boxers that would have been happy to be his sparring partners at one stage.

He had no money to prepare properly and ballooned to 122kg.

The proper training programme heavyweight boxers need does not come cheap. They are not supposed to hone themselves to the peak of physical fitness on junk food, but on a special diet, vitamins and supplements.

All that was beyond his budget. He quit and became a kick-boxer, but he gave it a second try and teamed up with Durandt.

Machimana is a completely changed fighter. He is focused and now weighs 108kg.

Benny Pailman's boxers work at his spares shop. He should be nominated alongside Rob MacLeod and Eugene Khanyile.