Machimana returning to Nic’s stable

2012-02-04 15:13

These fighters are not as disgusting as the believers described by Apostle Peter’s repulsive metaphor: “The dog is turned to his own vomit again.”

However, they mysteriously keep going back to Nic “Mthakathi” Durandt, South Africa’s most hated but unsurpassed mentor in the country.

The latest to finalise his reunion with Durandt is former South African heavyweight champion Osborne “Big Daddy” Machimana.

The boxer revealed that he was tying up loose ends and would be taking instructions in the near future from the country’s most controversial handler.

“Durandt often gives his all and undoubtedly there is no trainer in South Africa who is as committed as this man,” said Machimana.

“He is at the gym daily without fail, unlike our double-minded trainers who seemingly have not straightened out their priorities.”

These sentiments surprisingly contradict the insults Machimana hurled at Durandt last year.

“Durandt is an acclaimed back-stabber, something like a witch, big time, and this was confirmed by my defeats after leaving him,” Machimana previously said.

The heavyweight fighter also testified that a spell is cast on any fighter who breaks away from the handler, evidenced by a nose-diving career.

Machimana, initially perceived as South Africa’s black heavyweight hope, successfully defended his crown seven times before relinquishing it.

His claim to fame was a shocking first-round knockout over two-time world heavyweight champion
Corrie Sanders.

One-time dual world champion Isaac “The Angel” Hlatshwayo echoed Machimana’s sentiments that “careers somersault when boxers turn their backs on Durandt”.

Approached for comment, Durandt’s reaction was boisterous laughter: “I am the ‘Mthakathi’ of boxing and cursed is a boxer who leaves my stable.”

A number of top boxers have oscillated back to Durandt after dumping him like a jilted lover more than once.
They include Cassius “The Hitman” Baloyi, Hlatshwayo, Malcolm Klassen, Simphiwe “V12” Vetyeka and Zolani Marali.

The most prominent of these gladiators is Baloyi, the only local to win six world titles in three
different divisions.

What is astounding about these boxers who keep rekindling their relationship with Durandt is
that the trainer makes what are regarded as the most obnoxious utterances in boxing.

He once antagonised the fight fraternity when he boldly said: “Black trainers are the less committed and white boxers are the laziest.”

Durandt is a boxing scribe’s favourite personality because he never ceases to provide copy. Explosive copy!

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