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.
“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.
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.”
Just spoke to boxing legend Jeff Fenech who is in ICU in Thailand. Doctors say his boxers saved his life by calling an ambulance and they’re now monitoring his lungs and heart. He’s coughing up a lot of blood and feeling dreadful but fingers crossed he is going to be ok.— Ben Damon (@ben_damon) October 5, 2019
Australia’s greatest boxer Jeff Fenech rushed to hospital in Thailand.— Tony Sheahan (@TonySheahan) October 5, 2019
The ‘marrickville mauler’ currently in icu in one of the country’s best hospitals.
Fenech’s lungs have collapsed and has serious bout of pneumonia.
Is conscious & stable but still considered serious.
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.
Sad to hear the news about Jeff Fenech hope he feels ok.— Billy The Kid (@BillyDib) October 5, 2019