George also bought a $35 souvenir T-shirt while his mates invested in $8.50 rum and colas. The two then crossed paths again at the Nations Cup in Egypt where Drogba’s side beat Eto’o’s Indomitable Lions after then Barcelona striker missed the decisive kick in the post-match shootout. . I was never the same fighter and we never really seen [again] the guy that fought Azumah Nelson in Vegas.” Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. In Las Vegas Fenech had attacked almost with impunity, pinning Azumah to the ropes and dictating the terms and in the process robbing the champion of punching room. Both … His TKO loss on March 1, 1992 to Azumah Nelson was recognized as the The Ring Upset of the Year. and features to site = "ghanaweb.com"; Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. site = "ghanaweb.com"; Still, the crowds kept on loving it – every missed hook, limp jab and laboured breath. Fenech had nothing to be ashamed of; it had been a violent slugfest all the way and he had given his all, but his mistake was in expecting the same Nelson who had been, comparatively, so weak and defensive back in June. document.write(user + '@' + site + ''); // End --> Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. Under a shower of shimmering paper, Drogba strode on stage at Accra’s Convention Centre with a multi coloured headscarf and an imperious walking staff, resplendent with a carved elephant at the head of the stick to symbolise his Ivorian roots. Jeff Fenech vs. Azumah Nelson Trilogy? It was a spell of hot form that proved decisive for the voters in making a tough choice between two sound candidates. Going into the rematch, Nelson was 34-2-1. No trace of a smile was on the face of the "Marrickville Mauler", a three-time world champ and the only Australian ever to hold that distinction. Solo Final Jeopardy! Copyright © 1994 - 2020 GhanaWeb. The head trainer, manager and promoter now passes on his never ending resources of boxing knowledge to the members of Team Fenech. Greatest African fighter vs Arguably Greatest Australian fighter. But while Drogba then went off to the FIFA World Cup finals and another sterling showing, Eto’o had to be content with watching from the sidelines, Cameroon having failed to qualify. From the opening bell it was clear this was a different version of the Azumah Nelson who had been so passive the previous June. Drogba and Eto’o both made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with their clubs towards the end of the previous season but while Chelsea lost out on a place in the final, Eto’o went on to score a goal as Barcelona beat Arsenal in the final at the Stade de France in Paris. "Sure, it's not a title bout or anything," said George Paginodopoulous, who coughed up $56 to plant his bottom 40 rows from ringside. Both boxers won a standing ovation. US election 2020 betting guide: Markets, odds, bets, Donald ... Indonesia leader Joko Widodo ‘strongly condemns’ Emmanuel Ma... Pennsylvania polls: Trump, Biden, Who will win the US electi... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Azumah retained his title that night with a controversial draw against three-weight world champion Jeff Fenech. Jeff Fenech. Forced to come from behind against Zimbabwe and Libya to snatch draws, Ghana knew nothing less than victory over DR Congo would assure them of a place in the knockout phase. Judges scored the 10-round bout 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95 in Fenech's favor. document.write(user + '@' + site + ''); Outraged by the decision, he returned to Australia and was back in action just some few months later, but something was gone for good. document.write(''); A thudding left hook found the sweet spot on the Australian’s chin and froze him before another left and two rights put him down hard. Earlier in the night, Drogba had arrived with his Chelsea team mate Michel Essien in a dark formal suit as both went on stage to accept a certificate as members of the best African XI announced earlier at the gala ceremony. It had become a contest of wills with the champion working to stay away from the ropes while Fenech continually pressed forward. user = "newswires"; Sweet and dismal merged in front of about 5000 spectators, spawning a new question for scientific inquiry: How can so many people pay as much as $10,000 for a ringside table, get so little for their money, and still walk away happy? Another tight race He received 36 votes from the 35 African national team coaches who participated in the poll.