Jeff Fenech Headed to Canastota

07.05.04 - Former 3-division world champion and Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech will travel from his native Australia to Canastota to witness the Hall of Fame Induction of two former ring foes, super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson and super bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza on Sunday, June 13th.

"It will be my privilege and honor to once again visit the International Boxing Hall of Fame. I know returning to Canastota will bring back the wonderful memories of my induction in 2002 and I look forward with great anticipation to this year's Hall of Fame Weekend which honors two legendary champions with whom I have shared memorable battles in the ring - Azumah Nelson and Daniel Zaragoza. I congratulate all of this year's inductees and look forward to seeing everyone in June," said Fenech.

Fenech represented Australia in the 1984 Olympic Games before turning pro later that year. As a pro, he won three world titles in three weight divisions in only 20 fights and 3 ˝ years time. He first captured the IBF bantamweight title in 1985 in his 7th fight, then the WBC junior featherweight title in 1987 and the WBC featherweight title in 1988. In 1986 he scored a 10-round win over Zaragoza. His quest for a fourth world title was halted when he battled Nelson to a draw for the WBC super featherweight crown. Fenech lost a rematch to Nelson and retired shortly after. Following a brief comeback, he retired for good in 1996 with a 28-3-1 (21KOs) record. In 2002, he was elected into the Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility. Still active in the sport, Fenech now trains boxers.

The June 10-13th Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will feature over 20 exciting events including a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party, and professional boxing show. In addition to Nelson and Zaragoza, new inductees to be honored are welterweight champion Carlos Palomino, light heavyweight champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi, referee Stanley Christodoulou, promoter J Russell Peltz, and journalist W.C. Heinz. Posthumous inductees will also be honored.

Over 50 boxing stars, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Jake LaMotta, Ken Norton, Emile Griffith, Ken Buchanan, Angelo Dundee, Aaron Pryor, Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Bob Foster and Danny "Little Red" Lopez are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.

For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 15th Annual Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095.

Article posted on 07.05.2004

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