PRODIGAL SON RETURNS

IT DOES not rain but pours for top Gauteng trainer Nick Durandt despite his being in denial that losing fighters like Cassius Baloyi hurts.

IT DOES not rain but pours for top Gauteng trainer Nick Durandt despite his being in denial that losing fighters like Cassius Baloyi hurts.

Takalani "The Panther" Ndlovu has bolted Durandt's stable, and rejoined his father, trainer Stanley Ndlovu, who he left for Durandt two years ago.

Takalani parted ways with his father after their failed coup to dethrone Steve Molitor off his IBF junior featherweight throne in Canada.

"Actually I left Durandt last week," he said yesterday. "Problems between us began last month when I refused to sign a trainer/manager contract with Nick. I wanted him to train me only. He refused, and I also did not budge.

"The final stroke was when I told him last week that some people, who opened the same gym like his boxercise in Norwood, where I was a personal trainer, had made me a very good offer to do the same job.

"Ours was to be boxing only. He responded badly. My mind was made up already, so I left."

This Sowetan, a WBF featherweight titleholder, announced that he was going back home to his father.

"Home is home," he said.

Stanley guided Takalani to winning the SA belt and defending it five times as well as winning the IBO junior featherweight title.

"When the prodigal son comes back home, you open your hands and welcome him. He is my own flesh and blood," said Ndlovu snr.

Takalani had three fights under Durandt that includes a points loss to Fernando Beltran Junior for the IBO featherweight strap and a points victory over Oscar Chauke for the WBF strap.

Takalani joins Cassius Baloyi, Zolani Marali (IBO junior light), Peter Mashamaite (SA middle), Simphiwe Vetyeka (SA bantam) an Isaac Chilembe (ABU super middleweight) champions who have bolted Durandt's stable.

But he described them as "B grade fighters".

Two weeks ago Durandt was joined by WBF flyweight holder Zolani "Last Born" Tete. This 21-year-old fighter from Mdantsane, the Eastern Cape, is described as being a talented flyweight fighter at present.

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