- Jeff Fenech charges at rival coach
- Pair had to be separated in the ring
- Both trainers have ongoing beef
Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech has been involved in a heated exchange after storming across the ring to abuse rival trainer Ben Savva on the undercard of the Tszyu-Mendoza fight.
After a week of bickering between the coaches, the pair almost came to blows after the second fight of the afternoon.
Fenech’s fighter Hass Hamdan earned a decision victory over Savva’s fighter Danvers Cuschieri, getting the nod on all three scorecards 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75.
Afterwards Fenech was spotted shouting at his rival before the Hall of Fame boxer charged across the ring to get in Savva’s face.
‘We were being humble, congratulating them and Jeff just started off, as he has been doing for no apparent reason,’ Savva told Fox Sports Australia afterwards.
Jeff Fenech confronted rival boxing coach Ben Savva in the ring after a bout
Ben Savva (pictured) has a long-running feud with the Aussie Hall of Fame boxing star
‘Mouthing off at me as he always does.
‘Then he started doing some weird finger gestures so I just did it back to him and he came over being aggressive.
‘He’s just a f…ing idiot.
‘He’s an absolute moron and Australian boxing knows it.
‘The only reason he hates me is I’m the only person who says what every other boxing coach in Australia believes.
‘For two years now the guy has been attacking me for no reason.
‘Lots of homophobic things which in 2023 seems very out there but Jeff Fenech is above the law as I’ve said before.
‘He gets away with it.
Savva branded Fenech a ‘f**king idiot’ after the heated confrontation on Sunday
Luckily, officials were on hand to step in and separate the two trainers
‘He’s told everyone I’m a s… coach, s… boxer, a nobody.’
The pair have had issues since Fenech took offence to Savva’s criticism of his handling of young fighter Brock Jarvis a few years ago.
‘This relates back to me making one comment once about Brock Jarvis needs to reassess after being dropped by the Mexican,’ Savva explained.
‘I said Brock Jarvis probably needs to reassess and refine a few things before he steps up again.
‘Just because I could see that he was a little bit vulnerable and as it turns out I was right.
‘Ever since Jeff has hated me, attacked me, no idea why. He keeps embarrassing himself, keeps making himself look like an idiot on a loop.’