Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech has been awarded his fourth world title belt, more than 30 years after a controversial draw.
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Fenech took only six professional fights to become the number one contender.
He became the eighth-fastest boxer to fight for a world title after beginning his career when he challenged Satoshi Shingaki for the IBF Bantamweight title in only his seventh bout, displacing the second Davey Moore, and trailing Shingaki himself, Leon Spinks, Saensak Muangsurin, Pete Rademacher, Joves De La Puz, Joko Arter and Rafael Lovera.
Fenech was the third fastest boxer to become a world champion, behind Muangsuring and Spinks, when he knocked out Shingaki in nine rounds in front of a packed house at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney.
After two non-title knockout wins, he gave Shingaki a rematch at the State Sports Centre in Sydney and retained the crown with a knockout in three rounds.
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Jeff Fenech says “boxing is a better sport” after one of the great sporting injustices was finally set right.
Fenech has been retroactively awarded a fourth world title after the World Boxing Council (WBC) overturned the controversial draw in his first fight against Azumah Nelson in 1991.
The decision to award the bout and belt to Fenech came at the WBC convention in Acapulco, Mexico, more than three decades after the original decision.
Fenech, already considered one of the greatest boxers Australia has produced, was presented with his belt by legends Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez and Miguel Cotto.
“I can’t put it into words. I couldn’t speak when it happened,” Fenech told the Herald and The Age from Mexico.
“It feels even greater tonight because of the three legends who presented my belt to me. I won, I’ve known that for 30 years. It’s a long time coming.”
Fenech dominated Nelson in their first fight in Las Vegas, but one judge scored the bout a draw and the other two were split. It meant Fenech missed out on the WBC super-featherweight title.
A philosophical Fenech said there was an upside to the heartbreaking result.
Jeff Fenech was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Moderns category in 2003, and became the 4th person to be elevated to Legend status in 2013.
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Fenech was born in St Peters, Sydney and is of Maltese parentage. After playing junior rugby league and getting into trouble with the police as a child, Fenech was turned onto boxing when he attended the Newtown Police Boys Club in Sydney where he met Johnny Lewis.
From there Fenech had a stellar amateur career, which led to him representing his country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where he was selected as the boxing team captain. At the Olympics, Fenech lost a controversial quarter-final bout to Yugoslavian Redžep Redžepovski.
Fenech was initially given the decision, but after intervention by the Olympic Boxing Committee and a total recount, the decision was reversed with Redžepovski being awarded the win.
Fenech quickly gained a reputation as a fast starter: he won his first eleven bouts by knockout, and held his first fight abroad in only his fourth fight, when he beat Iliesa Manila by a knockout in two rounds in Fiji.
He beat fringe contenders Wayne Mulholland and Rolando Navarro, both by a knockout in the fifth round, to start 1985.
After those two wins, he was placed number one among the world’s bantamweights by the International Boxing Federation.
However, his early wins by KO had some of the press wondering if he could last the full 15 round distance.
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The son of world boxing great Jeff Fenech has been charged with assaulting a 30-year-old woman on multiple occasions.
Beau Fenech, whose father is regarded as Australia’s greatest boxer, has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and three charges of common assault against the woman.
Police arrested Beau last week and charged him with allegedly assaulting her in the southwestern Sydney suburb of Roselands in August and on two separate evenings in October.
An Apprehended Violence Order has been taken out on behalf of the woman who police allege Beau assaulted between 7.30 and 8pm on August 14, between 8pm and 8.30pm on October 8 and between 7pm and 8.30pm on October 12.
Beau Fenech has entered pleas of not guilty to all of the four current charges against him.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Beau Fenech has a criminal record going back to 2015 for conviction for violence, stalking, and multiple counts of being an excluded person having failed to leave a premises when required.
A record title holder in three weight divisions, Jeff Fenech was known in the boxing ring as ‘the Marrickville Mauler’ and his trademark saying was ‘I love youse all’.
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As of 2022, Jeff Fenech is 58 years old.
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|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
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|Born||28 May 1964
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Age||58 years old.|
Jeff Fenech (born 28 May 1964) is an Australian former professional boxer who competed between 1984 and 2008.
He won world titles in four weight divisions, having held the IBF bantamweight title from 1985 to 1987, the WBC super-bantamweight title from 1987 to 1988, and the WBC featherweight title from 1988 to 1990.
He is known for his trilogy with Ghanaian boxer Azumah Nelson. Fenech was trained by renowned Sydney-based trainer Johnny Lewis.
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