Australian boxing’s most famous team has buried the hatchet and joined forces to help Sydney fighter Brock Jarvis get back on track.
Most boxing fans have their eyes on Tim Tszyu’s WBO super welterweight title bout against Tony Harrison on Sunday, but Brock Jarvis will try and get his career back on the rails against Filipino contender Marlon Paniamogan (11-2-1) on Wednesday night at Carriageworks, Eveleigh, following his shock KO loss to fellow Aussie Liam Paro in Brisbane last October.
And Jarvis couldn’t have picked a better corner to get him back in the winner’s circle, with his trainer, Jeff Fenech, teaming up with old mentor, Johnny Lewis, to give him an extra boost.
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Fenech and Lewis weren’t on speaking terms for some years after their father-son type relationship broke down. At one point their bond was unbreakable, with Lewis guiding Fenech to four world championships on the way to Hall-of-Fame nods for the pair.
Fenech approached his old trainer of six world champions to see if he would be interested in teaming up to help Jarvis. Lewis didn’t think twice.
“It’s a big night for young Brock Jarvis, he’s coming off a defeat and he needs to perform,” Lewis told Wide World of Sports.
“It’s all about Brock. It’s a great thrill for me to be in the corner with Brock and Jeff.
“We’ve [Lewis and Fenech] been alright for a while but this is a great thing with it all. Common sense prevailed, we met up a few times, when the opportunity came to work with Brock, who I go right back with his uncle Pat, and seen him growing up, he’s a wonderful kid, I had no hesitation.
“We’ll try our best and Brock will be trying really hard tonight to impress. I think we can give him a winning formula when he comes back to the corner and guide him through it.”
Lewis admitted time away from Fenech was “sad” and when his former fighter called him to have a chat with Jarvis, they outlined a plan for Wednesday night’s fight.
“The thing that always appealed for me, our partnership boxer/trainer, I don’t think there’s ever been a better one in the world,” he added.
“We both always tried to make it like that. I look back, and when we weren’t talking it was always a sad thing for me. Maybe I should have said something earlier.
“But I want to leave that in the past because we’re together now, where we belong. Let’s make sure we get the priorities right and that is to get Brock to win and win well.”
As for for his role in the corner?
“The main part of that will be up to Jeff, he’ll guide him through. I said to Jeff, ‘I hope the corner’s not one where they call out or anything’. I’m sure Jeff will keep that under tap,” the boxing great said.
“I’m down below if needed. If I see something that can be beneficial I’ll tell them. I know Jeff wants me to open me mouth rather than sit down like a lazed thumb.
“There’ll be no egos in the corner, we’re all prepared to do what it takes for Brock to come through this. He’s looking good.”
Jarvis, 25, has 18 knockouts from his 20 victories and will return to the ring for the first time in five months since his first round KO loss to Paro.
Since his first loss as a professional, he has parted ways with promoter Matchroom and joined No Limit, along with the rest of Fenech’s stable of fighters.
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