The Legendary boxing trainer Nick Durandt passed away last night in a motorcycle crash near Clarens. #RIP #NickDuRandt
Du Randt, who was the president of the Crusaders Bike Club, collided with a vehicle on the road between Bethlehem and Clarens on Friday afternoon.
His son Damien says he was with him in hospital when he died.
Interesting fact: “Nick Durandt was born on the 26th December commonly known as Boxing Day!”
Du Randt has produced more world champions than any other trainer in the country’s history.
During his career, he produced 95 South African champs in all 17 weight divisions, 38 world champs and 27 international champions.
With his long hair, tattoos and gold rings, he has been a flamboyant, colorful pillar of the sport, known worldwide for his successes, his strict discipline and his outspokenness.
Since his retirement, he’s spent his time in his tattoo parlour in Norwood and overseeing his commercial training gyms along with Damien.
Du Randt was the son of professional footballer Cliff Du Randt who played for Wolverhampton and Charlton and arrived in South Africa from England with his father as a young boy.
Also read Tributes pour in for Nick Du Randt
A TRIBUTE FROM Mikey Schultz to his friend, trainer and brother Nick Durandt
Nicky D, my brother, we’ve walked a long road together. Through my ups and downs you were always right there supporting me. I knew you had my back, and I had yours.
You were one of a kind. You didn’t care who thought what of you and you said it like it was.
You were a legendary trainer and your track record speaks for itself. You took me from when I was low and built me up again to stand tall and fight.
You’re heart was bigger than life although you were often misunderstood but you were a Man amongst Men.
Nicky D, you were an amazing father to Damien and Storm, and a role model to look up to. You were not just a friend but a dear brother to me.
I’ve not only lost a friend, but a brother as well. You were taken so suddenly that I never got to say goodbye. A friend, a brother, taken too soon.
May you Rest In Peace. Gone but NEVER forgotten.
🙏🏼 Love and Respect Always 🙏🏼
Your brother Mikey…
Produced by Jay J Botes #jjbEngage
Source: EWN SPORTS