JEFF FENECH IN FIGHT OF HIS LIFE IN THAI HOSPI­TAL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - DEAN RITCHIE

AUS­TRALIAN box­ing leg­end Jeff Fenech is fight­ing for life in a Thai­land hospi­tal.

A three-time world cham­pion, Fenech was rushed to in­ten­sive care on Fri­day night after con­tract­ing pneu­mo­nia.

He said he was “shak­ing, sweat­ing and could barely talk through delir­ium”.

Fenech, 55, is un­sure when he will be dis­charged with wife, Suzee, ready to board a flight to Bangkok.

Aside from pneu­mo­nia, Fenech has se­vere pain in his shoul­der, legs and is also fight­ing a lung in­fec­tion.

“I have never been in this pain in my life. Every night I think I’m not go­ing to wake up to­mor­row,” he said.

Fenech trav­elled to Thai­land last Tues­day with about 10 of his box­ers, in­clud­ing Brock Jarvis and Nader Ham­den, for a train­ing camp. His health de­te­ri­o­rated at their ho­tel on Fri­day night and he was taken to in­ten­sive care with a high tem­per­a­ture and low blood pres­sure.

“My lungs are gone,” he said. “I’m in all this pain. I wanted to rest (at the ho­tel). I hadn’t been out of the room. Then all of a sud­den, the am­bu­lance came.

“The pain, brother, you don’t know. I can’t sleep I’m in that much pain, I can’t roll, I can’t move. I am cough­ing up blood.”

Fenech’s fam­ily des­per­ately want him home for daugh­ter Jes­sica’s wed­ding on Satur­day week.

Wife Suzee said he com­plained last Sun­day he couldn’t move his arms.

“He shouldn’t have gone but he didn’t want to let the boys down,” Suzee said.

“He has been ring­ing me all night. He sounds like he is in so much pain. I have been with him for 24 years.”

Jeff Fenech.

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