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24.06.2008 Boxing

Dominance or revenge?…As Azumah, Fenech defy age

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Boxing icons, Ghana's Azumah Nelson and his Aussie opponent Jeff Fenech will relive their age long rivalry when they clash this morning at the Thai City of Pattaya, Australia, for their much talked about exhibition bout.

For the Ghanaian former World champion, the clash offers him another opportunity to confirm his superiority over the Australian legend.

Azumah left the country on June 14, confident to replicate the infamous eight round knockout at the Princess Park showdown in 1992.

Retired ten years ago, the boxing professor is sure he has put his house in order to teach Fenech another boxing lesson, “It will be another father and son clash, and I don't think Fenech will go past the seventh round,” he said in an interview.

In like manner, Fenech considers this morning's exhibition bout as an opportunity to avenge the '92 Princess Park showdown, when Azumah knocked him before a 40,000 home crowd in round eight.

"I just want to prove to a lot of people who have doubted me that I can beat Azumah Nelson," Fenech said.

But that will come the hard way as the Ghanaian has purposed to prove his dominance over his opponent and advance after the clash to face Mexican Julio Caesar Chavez in his next assignment.

Azumah said in a press conference before leaving that whatever financial reward will accrue from the bout will be channeled to the Azumah Nelson Foundation, an NGO that seeks to protect the interest of orphanage.

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