Lamati inspired to up the stakes for late trainer

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By Mesuli Zifo – April 26, 2017

Having helped Zolani Tete to win a world title in England, Ludumo Lamati had the spirit of his late trainer Nick Durandt carrying him into winning his crucial title fight.

Lamati challenged old trial-horse Bongani Mahlangu for the SA junior-featherweight title.

Super Bantamweight Contest, 12 rounds

Lodumo Lamati
round 12 of 12

Ludumo Lamati
The Mdantsane boxer, who began his professional career under Durandt tutelage winning all his nine fights in impressive fashion, will become the third boxer previously trained by the late trainer to engage in a major fight.

Besides Tete, another ex-Durandt boxer Moruthi Mthalane defended the the IBO flyweight crown against Filipino Genesis Libranza at Wembley Arena in Johannesburg.

But it is Lamati who had the toughest fight of them all as he  stemmed the tide of Mahlangu’s good run against Eastern Cape boxers.

“Nick’s spirit will also carry me to a victory on Sunday,” he said at the premedical of the fight at Mdantsane gymnasium.

XPE boss Ayanda Matiti said Lamati had an opportunity to also introduce himself to national boxing circles with a win over Mahlangu.

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