Jeff Fenech admitted a couple of years in the past that he was “by no means the identical fighter” after being robbed of victory in opposition to Azumah Nelson for the WBC super-featherweight title in Las Vegas in 1991.
Nevertheless, now the Australian boxing nice has obtained what he — and a lot of the boxing world — at all times believed he deserved.
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Fenech was awarded the WBC super-featherweight belt on the World Boxing Council conference on Tuesday, with ESPN KnockOut sharing footage from the occasion.
“All of the ring officers from everywhere in the world rating the bout in favour of Jeff Fenech,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán mentioned.
“The WBC board of governors approve the movement to crown Jeff Fenech to change into a four-time world champion. It’s our nice pleasure to crown and award the WBC Feather and Tremendous Featherweight Championship to Jeff, the Thunder from Down Underneath, Fenech.”
Fenech was in attendance, 30 years on from that controversial struggle, to just accept his belt and was congratulated on stage by Roberto Duran, Julio César Chávez and Miguel Cotto.
Talking to foxsports.com.au again in 2018, Fenech mentioned he was left “heartbroken and disenchanted” by the consequence, declaring he was “by no means the identical” since.
“I can’t put my finger on it and let you know precisely what it completed to me, however I can let you know factually that I used to be by no means the identical fighter afterwards,” Fenech mentioned.
“I don’t consider that was a tough struggle for me, I’d had plenty of fights that had been comparable.
“However after the struggle I got here again house, clearly heartbroken and disenchanted, and I used to be by no means the identical.”
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