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19 JULY 2018

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South African Boxing Continues But Mourns The Death Of Nick DuRandt

By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: The boxing action came from Emperors Palace, East of Johannesburg, this afternoon as South Africa’s young talent was put on show. Eight bouts where on the cards in a show aptly named, Showstoppers, and with seven knockouts, it lived up to the name.


It was a bitter sweet afternoon at Emperors Palace, as the South African sports fraternity mourned the passing away of renowned boxing trainer and manager Nick DuRandt, who sadly passed away on Friday afternoon in a motor bike accident. DuRandt is by far the country’s most successful trainer, having produced more than a hundred World, International and National champions in his gym. He famously worked the corner of one Rahman who knocked out Lennox Lewis right here in South Africa, amongst many other accolades that he has amassed over the years. He had retired last year from boxing and was more involved in his boxing gyms, the boxing world will be worse of at the passing of this charismatic, flambouyant and colourful trainer, RIP NIck, my condolences to his family and friends.


In a lackluster final bout of the afternoon, Kevin Lerena beat Sergio Ramirez by unanimous decision over eight meaningless and boring rounds. Lerena didn’t seem up to it and labored against a belly carrying Ramirez, who he was expected to blow out within a round or two yet put the boxing fans to sleep with his performance. Lerena should look at changing his alias of KO Kid, he has only 9 knockouts in 19 fights. Lerena improved to 18-1(9).


In the fight of the day, Thulani Mbenge proved too good for Shaun Ness in beating him by 7th round technical knockout to capture the South African Welterweight Title. Colin Nathan, Ness’s trainer threw in the towel after 58 seconds, this after Ness was knocked down by a body punch, for the third time in the fight.


Mbenge came out fighting from round one and was pretty much in charge until the stoppage, he scored a flash knock down in the 1st round and again in the 3rd, landing a range of right hands on the head of Ness. Ness made a fight of it for the next two rounds, roughing up Mbenge and proving to be competitive at close quarters. The 6th round once again went to the new champ, landing the cleaner punchers.

The ending came unexpectedly in the 7th after Ness seemed to be taking Mbenge to unfamiliar territory. Mbenge landed a few body blows, one too many for Ness who went down on his knees, he was up by the eight count but his corner had seen enough and threw in the towel, maybe prematurely but always seemed like one winner in this fight. Mbenge progresses to 10-0 and proved somewhat to be the real deal that he is taunted to be.


Other results:

Lucky Mongebane bt Ashley Dlamini TKO9; Gauteng Junior Lightweight Title

DeeJay Kriel bt Xolisa Magusha UD 8Rnds; Straw Weight

Rowan Campbell Gerson Singo TKO3; Light Heavyheight

Ricky Tshabalala bt Gabrial Mngadi TKO2; Super Middleweight

Jabulani Makhense bt Sibonelo Ndzimande TKO Rnd1; Junior Welterweight

Ayabonga Sonjica bt July Masuku TKO Rnd2; Junior Featherweight



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