Australian boxer Skye Nicolson’s heartbreaking defeat in Tokyo was the final straw for a livid Jeff Fenech, who has unloaded in a scathing take-down of the “wankers” operating boxing in Australia.
The previous three-division world champion watched on in tears as Nicolson missed out on a medal on Wednesday night time contained in the Kokugikan Enviornment. Identical to Fenech, whose Olympic dream went up in flames in an notorious 1984 theft, Nicolson’s Video games marketing campaign got here to an finish only one win away from a medal.
“I got here right here with one aim and that was a gold medal and I really believed that I used to be going to win it,” Nicolson stated after a excruciating break up choice defeat.
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“So, to exit now could be actually, actually arduous for me.’’
Nicolson made it to the quarter-finals; additional than any Australian in Tokyo, with Harry Garside nonetheless alive within the light-weight division. Paulo Aokuso, the nation’s gentle heavyweight hope, additionally fell to a tricky break up choice defeat on Wednesday.
“I simply assume they’ve all obtained a lot talent and skill,” Fenech instructed Information Corp.
“Guys are dropping by a degree or two, break up selections. If in case you have any individual who is aware of how you can push you and inspire you, these break up choice [losses] flip into wins.”
Whereas Fenech admitted he doesn’t know a lot about Australian boxing head coach Kevin Smith, he made clear he was less-than-impressed with the entire system; a system that has by no means sought out his assist.
“I’d do it for nothing,” Fenech stated. “I’d assist these children for nothing.”
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“Let me sit in Skye Nicolson’s nook,” he added. “Let’s have the struggle once more, she’ll win by f…ing 20 factors.”
Smith stated Fenech was “entitled to his opinion” about his teaching, however advised the Aussie boxing nice didn’t have the complete image.
“With out ever teaching Skye Nicolson and understanding what she’s able to, it’s tough for him as a coach to say what he might and couldn’t do,” Smith instructed Information Corp.
“It’s essential to know an athlete’s strengths and weaknesses when contemplating what recommendation to provide them between rounds in a contest,” Smith added.
“It’s simple to be important with hindsight.”
Each Nicolson and Aokuso fell on the scorecards in fights many thought they gained.
Fenech, who had his 1984 quarter-final win overturned in controversial style, believes it’s simply one other instance of Australia being belittled on the worldwide stage.
“We’re not revered sufficient,” Fenech stated. “Listed here are these children going over there, and since they’re from Australia, they’re already a ‘wildcard’. The opposite energy nations are effectively out in entrance of us.”
Fenech added: “I nonetheless don’t consider us Aussies get a good crack. I don’t consider we’ve obtained the correct mix of individuals. So, we’ll by no means, ever do effectively in boxing. We’ll by no means do effectively.”
Overcome by a decades-long frustration with beginner boxing in Australia, Fenech couldn’t assist however see parallels in his Olympics despair and what Nicolson endured.
“I went there for a similar purpose Skye Nicolson went there,” he stated. “I went there to win a medal.”
Australia has nonetheless by no means gained gold in boxing on the Olympics. Till one thing modifications, Fenech believes the wait will go on.
“F… the paperwork in Australian beginner boxing,” Fenech added.
“It’s s…. And that’s why we’re by no means going to win a gold medal.”