The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORT -

BOX­ING le­gend Jeff Fenech has slammed his long-time trainer Johnny Lewis for aban­don­ing him in his tough­est fight in a Bangkok hospi­tal.

As the brave triple world cham­pion stared down death in in­ten­sive care bat­tling pneu­mo­nia and a heart in­fec­tion, Fenech claims Lewis made no con­tact with him.

Not a phone call or a text mes­sage.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed,” Fenech said. “Next time I see him I won’t even shake his hand.

“If any­thing hap­pened to Johnny I’d be there in a heart­beat.

“Johnny helps only one per­son and that’s him­self.

“It’s like some­one has put a sword in my back.

“That’s hon­estly how I feel — I was an hour away from death.”

Lewis and Fenech were once like a fa­ther-and-son com­bi­na­tion as the lit­tle Mar­rickville mauler rose to be­come Aus­tralia’s great­est boxer and a world cham­pion in three weight di­vi­sions.

They fell out more than a decade ago.

“I couldn’t tell you the last time we spoke,” Fenech said. “But in times like this you’re sup­posed to put your dif­fer­ences aside.”

Fenech de­fied doc­tors’ or­ders and flew home for his daugh­ter’s wed­ding in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.

Chan­nel 9’s A Cur­rent Af­fair is plan­ning a ma­jor story, with the in­ter­view fee to con­trib­ute to Fenech’s huge med­i­cal costs.

While the Lewis snub has hurt Fenech, oth­ers have ral­lied around the old cham­pion.

For years Fenech hadn’t seen or spo­ken to his old spar­ring part­ner and mate Peter Mitrevski.

Out of the blue, Mitrevski turned up at his bed­side in Thai­land and of­fered to stay un­til he was well enough to re­turn home.

Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages, Fight Call Out

Johnny Lewis at Jeff Fenech’s come­back fight in 2008, and Fenech fight­ing back from a lifethreat­en­ing ill­nessss in a Bangkok hospi­tal.

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