The legendary trainer and promoter, who produced boxing champions such as Cassius Baloyi, Phillip Ndou and Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga to mention a few, passed away on Friday.
Eyewitness News reports that Durandt died in a motorbike accident near Clarens. According to the report, the well-known trainer’s son Damien was in hospital with him when he passed on.
Durandt was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award at the South African Boxing awards last year for his immense contribution to the boxing industry. He has produced in excess of 30 world champions and 95 South African champions, a record that no other trainer has managed to meet.
His successful commercial training gyms in Norwood and Sandton have been run by his son since Durandt’s retirement last year.
Tributes have been pouring in since the news broke.
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) April 21, 2017
There is a massive crew in East London who mourn the death of Nick Durandt right now.He guided the best fighters from EC to world titles.
— Dev Currer (@devcurrer) April 21, 2017
— Ashraf Garda (@AshrafGarda) April 21, 2017
We grieving the lost of this legend, great lost for the boxing fraternity & South Africa at large…RIP Nick Durandt aka Mathakathi pic.twitter.com/qItN1Wa8j4
— Xhosa af (@LooyandaMbeki) April 21, 2017
It is with shock and sadness that we learn of the tragic passing of legendary boxing trainer, Nick Durandt.#RIPNickDurandt
— MinPresidencyRadebe (@radebe_jeff) April 21, 2017
Additional reporting: Eyewitness News