16 years after their heyday, Fenech beats Nelson on
MELBOURNE, Australia: Australian Jeff Fenech beat Ghana's Azumah Nelson
in a majority points decision in a junior middleweight boxing bout
Tuesday, 16 years after their last epic battle for a world title.
Judges scored the 10-round bout 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95 in Fenech's
The fight was billed a serious rematch between Fenech, now 44, and
Nelson, 49, who fought twice for the world super featherweight title in
1991 and 1992 in bouts that entered Australian boxing folklore.
Fenech, bidding for a third world title, was denied by a controversial
draw in their first meeting in Las Vegas in 1991 and was knocked out in
the eighth round of their rematch in Melbourne in 1992.
The fight was billed as "the final round" of their long-standing grudge
and was claimed to be more than an exhibition, rather a serious bout
destined to restore professional boxing's tarnished reputation.
Both fighters trained hard for the bout but could not disguise that they
were many years older, and many pounds (kilos) heavier than when they
last met in their heyday. Fenech, known as the Marrickville Mauler, last
fought professionally in 1996 and Nelson in 1998.
Both had been triple world champions when they met in Melbourne 16 years
ago but finished their careers, after that mutual high, matched against
Fenech has since worked with Mike Tyson and Danny Green among other
fighters, turning to training and later promoting boxing.
Tuesday's bout revealed little of their old class and there were boos
and catcalls from some spectators who had paid up to 2,500 Australian
dollars (US$2,380) for a ringside seat.
The match was denounced by critics including the Australian Medical
Association, and by boxing's national body in Nelson's homeland, the
Ghanaian Boxing Association.
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Kickett downs former world champ
June 24, 2008
WILLIAM Kickett underlined his star potential with a win over former
world champ Gairy St Clair in their junior welterweight boxing bout at
The main support before the Jeff Fenech-Azumah Nelson clash, Kickett
took control in the middle rounds and then dominated the ninth of 10
rounds, which earned him a unanimous points decision.
The 21-year-old West Australian, likened to a young Lionel Rose by
Fenech's trainer Johnny Lewis, has now won all 11 of his professional
The Guyanese-born St Clair, 33, a former IBF super featherweight
champion claimed afterwards he had done enough to win the fight, but
paid tribute to one of the future stars of Australian boxing.
In the only title bout of the night, Indonesia's Angky Angota won the
vacant IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight belt by pipping Omari Kimweri of
Tanzania on points after 12 bruising rounds.
The three judges awarded the fight to Angota, but two of them had him
winning by just one point and the other had him ahead by two after an
Victorian heavyweight Justin Whitehead began his professional career
with a convincing win over Justin Bayley by knocking the Queenslander
down in the third round.
Cameroon's Sam Columban scored an undisputed points decision over Kofi
Manu from Ghana in their welterweight bout.
The welterweight bout between Queensland's Mick Shaw and Victoria's
Shannon McMahon also went to the judges, who gave it a majority decision
In the junior welterweight bout South Australia's Rob Sanders won a
majority decision over Victoria's Ben Costello.
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