Jeff Fenech is awarded one other world title 31 YEARS after controversial draw towards Azumah Nelson as WBC overturn authentic resolution: ‘It is a very long time coming’
Jeff Fenech couldn’t disguise his delight after one in all boxing’s nice injustices was set proper on Tuesday in Mexico.
Three-time world champion Fenech has been retroactively awarded a fourth title after the WBC overturned his controversial draw with Azumah Nelson in 1991.
Fenech was awarded the belt by boxing legends Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez and Miguel Cotto on the WBC conference in Acapulco, Mexico, 31 years after the judges deemed his contest towards Nelson a draw.
Jeff Fenech has been awarded his fourth world title 31 years on from his controversial draw
The Australian dominated his rival throughout their first struggle in Las Vegas, nevertheless one choose scored the bout a draw whereas the opposite two have been cut up, that means Fenech missed out on the WBC super-featherweight title.
‘I can not put it into phrases. I could not converse when it occurred,’ Fenech instructed the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday.
‘It feels even better tonight due to the three legends who introduced my belt to me. I gained, I’ve identified that for 30 years. It is a very long time coming.’
Reflecting on the draw, Fenech stated: ‘It occurred for a cause and made me a greater individual. I used to be a three-time world champion and did not like the one that I used to be.
Fenech’s 1991 conflict with Azumah Nelson controversially resulted in a attract Las Vegas
The Australian was devastated by the result however the WBC has overturned the choice
‘If I used to be a four-time world champion and undefeated, I might have been [a lesser man].
‘When you may have that form of success, you get a giant head and I had that. I wasn’t the identical, I used to be totally different. Fame and fortune modifications you.’
Fenech admitted that he by no means anticipated the choice to be overturned, and was delighted by the shock resolution over three a long time after the Las Vegas showdown.
‘I by no means thought this is able to occur,’ he added. ‘Every thing occurs for a cause. This makes boxing a greater sport.
‘We have now know-how and if there is a struggle the place I gained 10 rounds out of 12 – then I gained the struggle.’