1963 - 2017
The son of famous football player, Clifford Durandt, who represented the mighty
Wolves in the late fifties. Nicholas Durandt was born on Boxing Day, 26 December 1963 in
Wolverhampton, England. Nick moved to South Africa at the age of five. He rapidly
established himself as one of the most successful trainers in the history of South African
boxing over the course of his boxing career. Having learned his trade from the great
trainers of world boxing, legendary names, such as, Tommy Brooks, Hall of Fame inductee Lou
Duva, George Benton, Alton Merkson & Freddy Roach. Nick is the most recognised
personality in boxing South Africa.
Nick Durandt trained 97 national champions, 38 world champions
and 28 international champions throughout his boxing career.
He coached some of South Africa's finest boxers of the era, including Phillip Ndou,
Thulani 'SugarBoy' Malinga, Malcolm Klassen, Cassius Baloyi, Silence Mabuza,
Isaac Hlatshwayo, Moruti Mthalane, as well as champion Hasim Rahman
It was Nick's spartan training which contributed greatly to Rahman knocking out Lennox
Lewis to win the world heavyweight crown at Carnival City in April 2001.
Durandt has made a tremendous contribution to the sport in South Africa.
Known for taking young boys out of the 'ghetto' and giving them a future, he was named
'Mthakathi' which means Wizard. He created a class of boxers that stood out from the rest.
He created Champions!