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Champion boxer Jeff Fenech has relived the day he walked out on Mike Tyson after he got his infamous face tattoo.
Fenech trained Tyson in the lead up to his fight with Clifford Etienne in 2003 and he skipped training one day because he was getting a face tattoo.
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“Mike Tyson was a freak at his peak and I think that the only person that ever beat Mike was himself,” Fenech said on Fox League Live.
“That day he didn’t turn up to training and that would happen sometimes with Mike he would go a bit AWOL.
“This time he didn’t turn up so I went home and I was staying at Mike’s house in Vegas.
“All of a sudden the door opened and I saw his car coming so I straight away went to see what the problem was and what had happened.
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“As I looked at him he had this huge tattoo down the side of his face and I thought wow.”
Fenech revealed that he was so hurt by Tyson’s actions that he chose to stop training him for the rest of his preparation leading up to the fight.
“My first impression was that I’ve never had a tattoo in my life, but I thought we are fighting in a week and when you get a tattoo you can’t fight because they scab up and it wouldn’t be healthy to do that,” Fenech said.
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“We sat down and spoke and he didn’t really want to fight and he wasn’t prepared to and that was one of the reasons he got the tattoo.
“After a good hour talk I was in tears when I left the house that night. I went and stayed in a hotel because I was pretty despondent.
“I was away from home for eight weeks in Vegas getting him ready for the fight and I stayed in a hotel and got on the first flight back to my family because that was my priority.
“A week later he fought and knocked out Clifford in one round and I was upset. I was happy for Mike that he won, but I was also upset that I had trained him for eight weeks and I wasn’t a part of that win.”