‘JOHNNY LEWIS HASN’T CALLED ME’
‘JOHNNY LEWIS HAS SNUBBED ME’
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.
Johnny Lewis at Jeff Fenech’s comeback fight in 2008, and Fenech fighting back from a lifethreatening illnessss in a Bangkok hospital.