Titles: IBF Bantamweight champion 1985-1987, WBC jr. featherweight champion 19987-1988, WBC featherweight champion 1988-1989 Record: 28-3-1 Born: May 28, 1964 in Sydney, Australia Years active: 1984-1996 Nickname: None The best way to describe Fenech is......raw. His technique was never the best but he learned very quickly and was a tireless worker under the guidance of his trainer Johnny Lewis. The Fenech prime was relatively short but it was brilliant. Born in Sydney of Maltese immigrants Fenech became a bit of a delinquent in his youth but used his aggressive instincts to forge ahead and redeem himself through boxing. A brief amateur career ended in a controversial decision loss in 1984 Olympics, yet he would make up for that disappointment very quickly as a pro. In his third bout he had won the Australian bantamweight title and in only his seventh fight Fenech ripped the IBF bantamweight title from Satoshi Shingaki of Japan in brutal fashion scoring a 9th round knockout. Three defenses against very good opposition followed which included a return bout with the former champion and wins over Jerome Coffee and Steve McCrory. A move up in weight saw Fenech fight for the WBC jr. featherweight title. It was thought that Samart Payakarun would give the still young Fench a tough test. It was not even close a Fenech took out Samart in 4 one sided rounds. Again Fenech did not stay at the weight for long and only defended the title twice against former champions Carlos Zarate and Greg Richardson. During his 4 years as a pro Fenech looked unstoppable in every weight division he was in and a third title was added to his resume when he stopped WBC featherweight champion Victor Callejas in 1988. Three more defenses including a fight with Marcos Villasana topped his featherweight reign as hand problems surfaced. In the fight with Villasana he proved he could box as well as fight when he moved and jabbed with equal skill. Hand problems convinced Fenech to retire as a undefeated champion but like many before him he could not stay away from the ring. Fenech returned as a jr. lightweight and fought the legendary Azumah Neslon to a draw. Most everyone who saw the fight live, on T.V or video tape will tell you he won the fight however. People say you have to love boxing to excel in it, maybe this decision took the love of the game away from Fenech. The Fenech we saw after the Nelson draw was not the same fighter who entered the ring before that decision. A points win was followed by a 8th round knockout loss to Nelson in a rematch before his Australian fans. A brutal knockout loss to Calvin Grove looked to be the end of a great career. Another ill advised comeback at lightweight saw Fenech knocked out in the second round of the last of his 14 world title bouts. Still Fenech must be recognized as a skilled fighter who for 3 years reigned in ferocious fashion and is still a national hero in Australia.
1984 12 Oct Bobby Williams Australia KO 2 26 Oct Percy Israel Australia KO 7 30 Nov Junior Thompson Australia KO 4 15 Dec Iliesa Manila Fiji KO 2 1985 1 Feb Wayne Mulholland Australia KO 5 4 Mar Rolando Navarro Australia KO 4 26 Apr Satoshi Shingaki Australia KO 9 (Won IBF Bantamweight title) 14 Jun John Matienza Australia KO 6 26 Jul John Farrell Australia KO 9 23 Aug Satoshi Shingaki Australia KO 3 (Retained IBF Bantamweight title) 4 Nov Kenny Butts Australia KO 2 2 Dec Jerome Coffee Australia W 15 (Retained IBF Bantamweight title) 1986 11 Apr Daniel Zaragoza Australia W 10 18 Jul Steve McCrory Australia KO 14 (Retained IBF Bantamweight title) 1987 3 Apr Tony Miller Australia W 12 8 May Samart Payakaroon Australia KO 4 (Won WBC Jr. Featherweight title) 10 Jul Greg Richardson Australia KO 5 (Retained WBC Jr. Featherweight title) 16 Oct Carlos Zarate Australia TW 4 (Retained WBC Jr. Featherweight title) 11 Dec Osmar Avila Australia KO 1 1988 7 Mar Victor Callejas Australia KO 10 (Won WBC Featherweight title) 12 Aug Tyrone Downes Australia KO 5 (Retained WBC Featherweight title) 30 Nov George Navarro Australia KO 5 (Won WBC Featherweight title) 1989 8 Apr Marcos Villasana Australia W 12 (Won WBC Featherweight title) 24 Nov Mario Martinez Australia W 12 1991 19 Jan Johnny Kalbhenn Australia KO 4 28 Jun Azumah Nelson Las Vegas, NV D 12 (For WBC Jr. Lightweight title) 13 Sep Miguel Francia Australia W 10 1992 1 Mar Azumah Nelson Australia KOby8 1993 7 Jun Calvin Grove Australia KOby7 1995 18 Nov Tialano Tovar NJ KO 8 1996 18 May Phillip Holiday Australia KOby2 (For IBF Lightweight Title)