SABC News - Durandt laments state of boxing in SA:Tuesday 13 March 2012

Durandt laments state of boxing in SA

Tuesday 13 March 2012 16:24

SABC

One of South Africa's top boxing trainers Nick Durandt has decried the state of boxing in the country. South Africa has not been able to host International Boxing Federation world title fights because of inadequate funds and it is taking its toll on Durandt and his fighters who now have to go overseas.


The outspoken trainer is fast losing hope because there is not enough support for the sport in the country. "I have been in the game for 25 years and there are other trainers who have been in it longer than me. But, we are starting to lose hope. You know when you lose hope the gloves go out of the door," says Durandt.


 

The tournament which will also feature four supporting bouts, will be held at Carnival City in Brakpan on March 24.

However, it seems not all hope is lost, Branco Sport Productions in conjunction with the Gauteng Department of Sport and Recreation will stage the rematch between IBF junior featherweight champion Takalani Ndlovu and challenger Jeffrey Mathebula.

Ndlovu won the first fight - a title eliminator - by split decision. "This time I am ready, more than ready. I am smart, I have got legs - I can move," says Mathebula.

In reply, Ndlovu says: "Any boxer can talk. I think he is in the wrong profession, he was supposed to be a journalist. But he is smart I understand everybody is smart."

The tournament, which will also feature four supporting bouts, will be held at Carnival City in Brakpan on March 24.

 

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