Big break for boxers

2009-08-29 15:19

NIC Durandt might have lost two IBF champions in one week, but the

venerated trainer is likely to add three more ­legitimate titlists in three


After Malcolm Klassen lost his IBF junior lightweight title to

Robert Guerrero and Isaac Hlatshwayo packed his IBF welterweight title out of

Durandt’s stable last week, the trainer has three important assignments lined


Durandt’s charges – Simphiwe Nongqayi, Evans Mbamba and Moruti

­Mthalane are scheduled to fight for legitimate world titles between next month

and November.

On September 15, Nongqayi will board the flight to Mexico to fight

for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight title against Mexican Jorge Arce.

Durandt’s other junior bantamweight, Mbamba, will have a date with

WBC interim titleholder Tomas Rojas in Mexico on either October 3 or October


The exact date is subject to the allocation of a TV date by the

Mexican channel that will broadcast the fight.

Three months from now on November 21, Mthalane will fight for the

vacant IBF flyweight title on home soil against Mexican Julio Cesar


But first up for Durandt is a trip to Mexico with Nongqayi – their

second this year – where three-division world champion Arce awaits.

The fight will be for the IBF title vacated by Vic


“My boxer is very happy to be going back to Mexico because Mexican

fans are similar to those in East London,” said ­Durandt.

“Even if you are a visiting fighter, they will cheer for you once

you start impressing them.

“We were very comfortable in Mexico, that is why were are going

back there.”

Their initial February visit left Jorge’s younger brother,

Francisco Arce, in discomfort as he lost a unanimous decision to Nongqayi, who

became the IBF’s number-one contender.

“If you want to make a statement in world boxing, what better way

to do so than in a man’s own backyard?” asked the highly respected


He also pointed out that this year’s away-fights CV has been


“I have won every fight outside SA this year except for


But what about Jeffrey Mathebula’s loss to IBF/WBA junior

featherweight champion Celestino Caballero three months ago?

“We won that fight but got robbed,” Durandt rightfully claimed, as

Mathebula was the victim of a hometown decision in Panama.

Durandt is still awaiting confirmation of Mbamba’s October date

against Rojas.

As the WBC mandatory challenger, Mbamba was due to challenge

Darchinyan, but had to go via the Rojas detour.

“Darchinyan opted not to fight again this year,” explained


If successful against Rojas, Mbamba will then challenge Darchinyan,

whose break is informed by his loss to IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko

last month.

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