14/08/2022

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Jeff Fenech unloads on Australian boxing after Skye Nicolson

Australian boxer Skye Nicolson’s heartbreaking defeat in Tokyo was the last straw for a furious Jeff Fenech, who has unloaded in a scathing get-down of the “wankers” functioning boxing in Australia.

The former a few-division planet champion watched on in tears as Nicolson missed out on a medal on Wednesday night time within the Kokugikan Arena. Just like Fenech, whose Olympic dream went up in flames in an notorious 1984 theft, Nicolson’s Game titles campaign came to an stop just one particular win away from a medal.

“I came in this article with one particular objective and that was a gold medal and I truly thought that I was heading to win it,” Nicolson stated after a excruciating break up choice defeat.

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“So, to go out now is actually, actually difficult for me.’’ 

Nicolson made it to the quarter-finals even further than any Australian in Tokyo, with Harry Garside still alive in the lightweight division. Paulo Aokuso, the nation’s mild heavyweight hope, also fell to a rough break up choice defeat on Wednesday.

“I just imagine they’ve all obtained so considerably skill and means,” Fenech advised Information Corp.

“Guys are getting rid of by a issue or two, break up choices. If you have anyone who is aware of how to thrust you and motivate you, these break up choice [losses] convert into wins.”

Whilst Fenech admitted he does not know considerably about Australian boxing head coach Kevin Smith, he made distinct he was considerably less-than-impressed with the whole technique a technique that has by no means sought out his help.

“I’d do it for absolutely nothing,” Fenech stated. “I’d help those people youngsters for absolutely nothing.” 

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“Let me sit in Skye Nicolson’s corner,” he additional. “Let’s have the combat all over again, she’ll win by f…ing twenty points.”

Smith stated Fenech was “entitled to his opinion” about his coaching, but prompt the Aussie boxing excellent didn’t have the comprehensive photo.

“Without at any time coaching Skye Nicolson and being aware of what she’s capable of, it’s tough for him as a coach to say what he could and couldn’t do,” Smith advised Information Corp.

“It is vital to know an athlete’s strengths and weaknesses when thinking about what suggestions to give them in between rounds in a contest,” Smith additional.

“It’s simple to be vital with hindsight.”

The two Nicolson and Aokuso fell on the scorecards in fights numerous believed they won.

Fenech, who experienced his 1984 quarter-remaining win overturned in controversial trend, thinks it’s just one more example of Australia staying belittled on the intercontinental phase.

“We’re not revered enough,” Fenech stated. “Here are these youngsters heading above there, and due to the fact they are from Australia, they are now a ‘wildcard’. The other ability nations are perfectly out in front of us.” 

Australia’s Skye Nicolson reacts after getting rid of versus Britain’s Karriss Artingstall .Source: AFP

Fenech additional: “I still do not consider us Aussies get a truthful crack. I do not consider we’ve obtained the proper combine of individuals. So, we’ll by no means, at any time do perfectly in boxing. We’ll by no means do perfectly.”

Overcome by a a long time-extended aggravation with amateur boxing in Australia, Fenech couldn’t help but see parallels in his Olympics despair and what Nicolson endured.   

“I went there for the very same rationale Skye Nicolson went there,” he stated. “I went there to win a medal.” 

Australia has still by no means won gold in boxing at the Olympics. Until finally a little something modifications, Fenech thinks the hold out will go on.

“F… the forms in Australian amateur boxing,” Fenech additional.

“It’s s…. And that’s why we’re by no means heading to win a gold medal.”