Jeff Fenech wins super featherweight world title 31 years after controversial draw with Azumah Nelson - petsitterbank

Jeff Fenech wins super featherweight world title 31 years after controversial draw with Azumah Nelson

Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech has been awarded his fourth world title belt, more than 30 years after a controversial draw with Azumah Nelson.

Having already won bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight belts, and being undefeated at the time, Fenech got in the ring with then-super featherweight champion Nelson in Las Vegas in June 1991.

After 12 rounds, judges scored the fight a draw, allowing Nelson to keep his belt, although it was widely seen as a poor decision as many believed Fenech had dominated.

Those people’s opinions have now been recognized as fact, with the World Boxing Council (WBC) retroactively awarding the super featherweight belt to Fenech.

The WBC said a panel of judges reassessed the fight and it was deemed a unanimous decision for the man dubbed “The Marrickville Mauler”.

Fenech lost his rematch with Nelson after being dropped in the eighth round in Melbourne.(Getty Images: The Ring Magazine)

“That makes a grand total of four WBC belts for him,” the WBC said.

It puts Fenech in rarefied air as a four-division champion, but perhaps does little to change the impact of the fight on the rest of his career.

“I can’t put my finger on it and tell you exactly what it did to me, but I can tell you I was never the same fighter,” he said in 2015.

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