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Presidents Column  |  April 2017
POSTED ON APRIL 27, 2017.
BY: WBF PRESIDENT HOWARD GOLDBERG.
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A Tribute to Nick Durandt!

The sad news reverberated around South African and world boxing last week with the tragic passing of larger than life, outspoken and flamboyant trainer Nick Durandt, who was fatally injured in a motor bike accident near Clarens in the Free State Province of South Africa.

I knew Nick for at least thirty years. He was a world class trainer, hard as nails on the surface, and a trainer who demanded nothing but the best from his fighters. He was tough on his boxers, but in truth he treated them all with respect, dignity and as family.

Born in England in 1963, as it would happen ironically on Boxing Day, Nick was in a class of his own. When he entered a room, every single head turned. It was as if thunder and lightning had arrived. The charismatic man was in a league at the very top.

As a trainer, his successes were unrivaled. Almost 40 world champions, 98 South African champions and hundreds of regional champions an incredible record.

In December last year, Nick received a lifetime boxing award at the South African boxing awards dinner, and while this was an acknowledgment of his massive contribution to boxing, it barely touched the surface.

I had huge admiration for Nick. Always sharp with his tongue, always dripping in gold rings and chains, always the center of attraction, but deep down, a humble, respectful, dignified and caring human being.

The WBF conveys its condolences to Nick's family in these difficult times, but know that Nick will be remembered for adding so much to boxing in general.

RIP Nick Durandt gone but never forgotten!

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation

 

 
  
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