Recog­ni­tion for trainer Nathan

MTK ap­points him its African head

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Bon­gani Ma­gasela

Colin “No­makan­jani” Nathan’s ex­ploits, which saw him win BSA’s top trainer gong in 2017, have not gone un­no­ticed in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Dubai-based MTK Global (the man­age­ment com­pany which pro­vides the high­est level of pro­fes­sional sup­port and ser­vices to more than 100 box­ers around the world) has ap­pointed him as head of its African head­quar­ters.

The com­pany’s pres­i­dent, Bob Yalen, from Amer­ica, con­firmed the ap­point­ment yes­ter­day. He said the ad­di­tion of Nathan was a huge boost to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. The es­tab­lish­ment has pres­ence in 11 lo­ca­tions with box­ing gyms and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Mar­bella (Spain), Lon­don, Manch­ester, Liver­pool, Birm­ing­ham, New­cas­tle, Scot­land, Syd­ney, Brazil and Dubai.

“With the com­ple­tion of the MTK Ac­cra gym in Ghana near­ing, MTK Global now has con­ti­nen­tal head­quar­ters based in SA, and award-win­ning fight fig­ure Nathan is en­thu­si­as­tic over the fu­ture of African box­ing.

“Not only is he one of the best young train­ers in box­ing but he also pos­sesses one of the bright­est and most in­sight­ful fight minds in the sport. “We look for­ward to work with him to ex­pand our brand and our ser­vices not only in Africa but ev­ery­where our brand touches,” he said. Nathan, 40, who man­ages over 25 fight­ers in South Africa in­clud­ing two-times IBF fly­weight holder Moruti Mtha­lane, said it was an easy choice to align with MTK. “It’s quickly be­com­ing a pow­er­ful brand and helps both young fight­ers and cham­pi­ons alike to achieve their dreams in the game,” he said yes­ter­day. “They pro­vide a plat­form on which tal­ented fight­ers can show­case their tal­ent.

“I am hon­oured to be head­ing up a young, dy­namic team with vi­sion and scope.”

Nathan also ac­knowl­edged the mas­sive re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with his po­si­tion.

“I am will­ing to work with any­one and ev­ery­one who is pre­pared to get some guid­ance and pro­fes­sional man­age­ment skills in their ca­reers. I am look­ing at car­ry­ing on the suc­cess that I had last year. This year is gonna be a big­ger and bet­ter year for me.”

While Mtha­lane re­tained his belt with a stop­page of Masahiro Sakamoto in Ma­cau, Hong Kong, on De­cem­ber 31, Hekkie Budler lost both his WBA Su­per and the Ring Mag­a­zine ju­nior fly­weight belts to Hiroto Kyo­guchi at the same venue.

Trainer Colin Nathan

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