Jeff Fenech

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Name: Jeff Fenech
Alias: Marrickville Mauler
Hometown: Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
Birthplace: St Peters, New South Wales, Australia
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 170cm
Reach: 169cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Amateur Highlights

  • 1983 Oceanian Flyweight Champion
  • 1983 Flyweight Bronze Medalist at the World Cup in Rome, Italy. Results were:
  • 1983 Flyweight Bronze Medalist at the Commonwealth Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 1984 Oceanian Flyweight Champion
  • 1984 Australian Flyweight representative at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. Results were:
    • Defeated Rene Centellas (Bolivia) RSC 3
    • Defeated David Mwaba (Tanzania) 5-0
    • Lost to Redzep Redzepovski (Yugoslavia) 1-4 (the decision was first awarded to Fenech then changed when he was in his dressing room after a mistake had been found)

Professional Highlights

Jeff Fenech vs Azumah Nelson

  • Stopped IBF Bantamweight World Champion Satoshi Shingaki by TKO9.
  • Defeated 26-0 contender Jerome Coffee by UD15.
  • Outpointed former Bantamweight and future Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza over ten rounds.
  • Stopped Emanuel Steward Kronk trained unbeaten 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Steve McCrory in 14 rounds in defence of the Bantamweight title.
  • Knocked out Legendary Muay Thai fighter and WBC Super-Bantamweight boxing champion Samart Payakaroon by KO4.
  • Defeated legendary former World Champion and knockout artist Carlos Zarate by TD4.
  • Beat ex World Title Challenger Mario Martinez by UD12.
  • Controversially drew with African-Great Azumah Nelson.
  • Defeated African-Great Azumah Nelson by MD10.

Professional Record

Jeff Fenech vs Phillip Holiday

Championship Record

  • Has defeated 10 opponents (8 by KO) in world title fights.
    • 4 opponents (3 by KO) for the World Featherweight Title.
    • 3 opponents (2 by KO) for the World Super Bantamweight Title.
    • 3 opponents (3 by KO) for the World Bantamweight Title.
  • Has a record of 11-2-1 (9 KOs) in world title fights
  • Has a record of 9-3-1 (5 KOs) against former, current or future world champions:

Variant Record

Year-By-Year Record

Jeff Fenech with WBC Belts
  • 1984: 4-0-0
  • 1985: 8-0-0
  • 1986: 2-0-0
  • 1987: 5-0-0
  • 1988: 3-0-0
  • 1989: 2-0-0
  • 1990: Did Not Fight, Retired.
  • 1991: 2-0-1
  • 1992: 0-1-0
  • 1993: 0-1-0
  • 1994: Did Not Fight, Retired.
  • 1995: 1-0-0
  • 1996: 1-1-0
  • 1997-2007: Did Not Fight, Retired.
  • 2008: 1-0-0

Final Record: 29-3-1 (21 KOs)


(Quoted from

Jeff Fenech reacts to Draw against Azumah Nelson

He was a three-time world champion at bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight and is arguably one of the greatest boxers Australia has ever produced. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York in June 2002, Fenech is recognised around the world as one of the sport's greats. A controversial draw with African great Azumah Nelson, when the majority of the world saw him win, cost Fenech what would have been an amazing fourth world title at super featherweight.

A career spanning 1984 to 1996, Fenech turned professional after a controversial quarterfinal points loss at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Trained by Johnny Lewis for most of his career, Fenech was known as the "Marrickville Mauler" and was like a pocket dynamo in the ring, capturing the hearts of Australian sporting fans with his unique expression, "I love youse all." The head trainer, manager and promoter now passes on his never ending resources of boxing knowledge to the members of Team Fenech.

His TKO loss on March 1, 1992 to Azumah Nelson was recognized as the The Ring Upset of the Year.

Fenech was trained by legendary trainer Emanuel Steward for two of his 1995/96 comeback wins vs Tialano Tovar and Mike Juarez. Fenech was again trained by Johnny Lewis for his Lightweight title fight defeat to Philip Holiday and his final fight 12 years later vs Azumah Nelson.


Fenech with Mike Tyson

Trains / Trained:

Reference sources

Preceded by:
Satoshi Shingaki
IBF Bantamweight Champion
1985 Apr 26 – 1987
Succeeded by:
Kelvin Seabrooks
Preceded by:
Samart Payakaroon
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
1987 May 8 – 1988
Succeeded by:
Daniel Zaragoza
Preceded by:
Azumah Nelson
WBC Featherweight Champion
1988 Mar 7 – 1989
Succeeded by:
Marcos Villasana