'Praying for you': Boxing legend Jeff Fenech rushed to hospital in Thailand

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Aussie boxing legend Jeff Fenech has been hospitalised in Thailand with pneumonia.

Fenech was rushed to hospital on Friday and admitted to the intensive care unit.

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He was at a training camp with a group of other boxers when his health reportedly deteriorated.

Jeff Fenech talks to the media at Tszyu Boxing Academy in September. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

“Every night I have been here I think I'm not going to wake up tomorrow,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.

“My lungs are gone. I’m in all this pain.”

Fenech was reportedly told he came close to dying.

Jeff Fenech (R) trained Mike Tyson after retiring. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

Fox Sports boxing expert Ben Damon said he’d spoken to Fenech on Saturday and the legendary fighter was ‘coughing up blood’.

“Doctors say his boxers saved his life by calling an ambulance and they’re now monitoring his lungs and heart,” Damon wrote on Twitter.

“He’s coughing up a lot of blood and feeling dreadful but fingers crossed he is going to be ok.”

Family desperate to have Fenech back home

The group of boxers is reportedly set to return to Australia on Tuesday, but it’s unlikely Fenech will be joining them.

His family is hoping he can be back in Australia for daughter Jessica’s wedding in two weeks time.

“Love you dad, praying for you to come home,” Jessica wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Fenech won world titles in three weight divisions and represented Australia at the 1984 Olympics.

After retiring he trained American legend trained Mike Tyson, and was indicted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002.