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Jeff Fenech

The “Marrickville Mauler”

Fenech had a stellar amateur career, which led to him representing his country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. At the Olympics, Fenech lost a controversial Quarter-final bout to Yugoslavian Redzep Redzepovski. Fenech was initially given the decision, but after intervention by the Olympic Boxing Committee and a total recount, the decision was reversed with Redzepovski being awarded the win. Many of the other boxers and those in the press, and not just those from Australia, felt Fenech had been unfairly robbed of a chance to win an Olympic medal. It was that decision that led Fenech to turn professional later in 1984, and in his first professional fight defeated Bobby Williams by a knockout in two in his homeland. Fenech was 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 at 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.

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