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Old 07-04-2016, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default Jeff Fenech v Lionel Rose at 126

Was just reading the Fenech thread and I thought of this. Any takers?
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Jeff Fenech v Lionel Rose at 126

Jeff was excellent at closing the gap and, true to his name, mauling his opponents. He was great at corning and beating up classy boxers and running over dangerous punchers.

He had endless stamina, hand speed to burn, good mobility, an uncrackable chin, and he was impossible to discourage.

Lionel Rose was great, and beating Harada is a beautiful crowning achievement for a stellar career, but I've got Fenech.
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Default Re: Jeff Fenech v Lionel Rose at 126

Additionally, I recall Rose blaming his lose to Olivares on weight troubles. There's no reason to doubt him. But I can't help but juxtapose that against Fenech who endured hellacious weight struggles for most of his career.

This was most conspicuous against Marcos Villasana when a rib injury made that those weight troubles more dire than ever. Early on he suffered an additional injury, a broken orbital bone, as well as his desperately fragile hands, early on, and then endure a constant barrage of low blows from the notoriously dirty Villasana, who was very heavy handed and plenty dangerous with legal punches too.

Fenech still managed to dominate Villasana throughout the fight. Of course he soon had his famous post fight meltdown and retired for the first time.
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