I can take a punch and come back - Nick

TRAINER Nick Durandt is not worried about the recent negative results at his gym.

TRAINER Nick Durandt is not worried about the recent negative results at his gym.

"The problem with you guys is that one thing negative happens to my gym, you all want to write about it because my establishment is the biggest in South Africa."

Last Friday night in Secunda, Durandt's boxers, Vincent Vuma and Phumzile Matyhila lost their fights to Tshepo Mashego and Lwazi Mzolisa.

"I don't make excuses for losses. I can take a punch and come back," he said. "When Durandt's boxers lose people start asking questions. I bring fighters back from defeats and throw them a lifeline and I will continue to do so."

Vuma lost the SA junior middleweight strap, while Matyhila suffered a third-round stoppage to Mzolisa.

Durandt's assistant trainer Kenny Mabunda signalled danger when he told Sowetanthat "angenile amanzi endlini (loosely translated, there is danger at home".

Then last Sunday in East London, Durandt's other fighter Sizwe Sinyabi, failed to end Mfundo Gwayana's reign as the SA junior flyweight holder.

Their fight took place at Orient Theatre. It was declared a draw which enabled Gwayana, from the famed Eyethu Boxing gym of Mzimase Mnguni in Mdantsane, to retain his belt.

Judges Sphiwe Mbini scored it 115-113 for the champion, while Siya Vabaza scored it 114-113 for Sinyabi. Andile Matika scored it a draw at 114-114.

Two weeks ago Durandt's other charge, the highly rated Silence Mabuza, was stopped dead in his tracks for the IBF bantamweight number one spot in Springs. Yohnny Perez from Colombian silenced Mabuza in the dying seconds of the 12th round.

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