‘Mauler’ pleads not guilty to watch theft

MELBOURNE: Former world boxing champion Jeff Fenech pleaded not guilty yesterday to stealing three watches worth A$327 (US$240). 

Fenech and Francis Grech, 58, were charged on Wednesday by Queensland Police with stealing the watches from a shop on the Gold Coast. Grech pleaded guilty and was fined US$750. 

“I didn't steal anything and I'm innocent,” Fenech, 41, told reporters outside the court. He was remanded until Feb 9. 

“I didn't steal anything for me and I didn't know he (Grech) stole anything.” Grech told reporters Fenech was “an innocent man”. 

Fenech was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002 after holding world titles at bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight in a 12-year professional career starting in 1984. 

Nicknamed the “Marrickville Mauler” after his childhood home in Sydney's inner-western suburbs, French trained former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson for the American's last fight in June. 

Tyson, 39, was stopped by Kevin McBride in the sixth round and immediately retired. – Reuters 

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