Fenech to train Tyson


Published: February 25, 2005

*Admin note: Unconfirmed, trying to contact Mr,Fenech*


February 26, 2005

BOXING great Jeff Fenech plans to train Mike Tyson in Thailand next month in preparation for another comeback by the former heavyweight champion

Fenech has been putting Tyson through a gruelling fitness regime in Los Angeles all week and Tyson has asked for his help to get him fight fit as he fast approaches age 39.

Fenech was yesterday organising travel arrangements for Tyson to join him in Thailand after Fenech promotes the first defence of his IBF flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan at the State Sports Centre at Homebush on March 27.

Australia’s three-time world champion is in Los Angeles overseeing the workouts of WBC Interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green who fights a rematch with Markus Beyer in Zwickau, Germany on March 12.

But he has also been putting Tyson through private training sessions at his hotel.

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“Mike has been running on the treadmill in the hotel gym but we have been going upstairs and moving the furniture around in my room and going through punches in private,” Fenech said.

“Mike wants me to help him get ready for a comeback fight in Washington DC in June.

“He is still one of the most devastating fighters in the world and if he trains properly he will crush Vitali Klitschko and John Ruiz who hold the heavyweight titles these days.

“I believe Mike has a new mindset and that he is focused on regaining his place at the top of boxing.”

Fenech was hired as an assistant trainer to Tyson’s current coach Freddie Roach before Tyson’s last fight, a disastrous loss against Englishman Danny Williams last July, but he walked out of the training camp after two weeks convinced Tyson was not prepared to give 100 per cent in his comeback quest.

His assessment proved correct after Tyson ran out of gas after two rounds and was stopped in the fourth.

“But this time I believe Mike is ready to work hard,” Fenech said. “He came to watch Lovemore Ndou fight Junior Witter in LA last week and we had dinner after it and had a good talk about Mike’s life.

“I pity him because of the way he lives in the spotlight but I admire him too for his talent. Underneath all the trouble, he is a good guy at heart.”