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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 Dec ember 1963 in Wolverhampton, England. Nick moved to South Africa at the age of five.

Throughout his later life he rapidly began to establish himself as one of the most successful trainers in the history of boxing in South Africa. Having learned his trade from the great trainers of world boxing it is no surprise that he proved to be the best fo all time within the country. Names such as Tommy Brooks, Half of Fame inductee Lou Duva, George Benton, Alton Merkson & Freddy Roach. Nick has become the most recognised personality in South African Boxing.


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 'Sugar Boy' 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 the 'ghetto' and giving them a future. He was known as 'Mthakathi', which means Wizard. He created a class of boxers that stood of from the rest. He created champions only!