Ladies and gentlemen, I wanna dedicate this award to two people in my life, my boys at home, Damian and Storm, that gave me the time that I needed to produce all the champions and allowed me to steal most of their life from them. I also wanna thank my 27 international champions, my 97 South African champions and my 38 world champions…!’
These were the words of Nic Durandt as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Boxing Awards in Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC, Durban on the 27 January 2017.
Only three months later, on the afternoon of Friday 21 April 2017 we received with shock, the sad news that the pulse of this charismatic, flamboyant boxing trainer has been halted by a motorbike accident.
According to the report, death intercepted his journey when his motorbike collided with a motorcar between Clarens and Bethlehem in the Free State. He was reportedly rushed to hospital in Bethlehem where regrettably, he was certified dead on arrival.
Nick’s departure will certainly leave a big void in our sport of boxing. What this 53 year old retired trainer has achieved in his illustrious career can only be described as legendary. No other South African trainer has produced nearly as many national, international and world champions as he did.
Most heartbreakingly, Nick’s departure happens at a time when he had just announced his return to become a trainer again and produce even more champions. The renewal application of his trainer’s license for 2017 was already received. We dip our banners in honour of this fallen field marshal of our pugilist forces. He shall be remembered as a skillful trainer and a passionate mentor, a true patriot and fearless flag bearer who conquered countless global battle fields in defense of national pride, a gallant sport activist who was never scared to talk truth!
Our heartfelt condolence goes to his family, friends, loved ones and the Crusaders Motorbike Club who were with him in his last journey. The entire nation is certainly in pain. In him, we lost a star whose glow was yet to shine even brighter!
Further details regarding his final sendoff shall be communicated in due course.
Issued by Boxing South Africa
CEO, Mr Tsholofelo Lejaka, CEO@Boxingsa.co.za