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Australia Jeff Fenech's daughter's secret wedding at boxing champ's bedside

13:01  18 october  2019
13:01  18 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Boxing legend Jeff Fenech was able to witness his daughter get married in Thailand.© A Current Affair Boxing legend Jeff Fenech was able to witness his daughter get married in Thailand.

It's the wedding ceremony that floored a champ.

It was widely reported boxing legend Jeff Fenech was set to miss his beloved daughter Jessica's wedding this weekend after he underwent life-saving surgery in Thailand.

Doctors feared the flight to Sydney would pose too great a risk of infection following an operation on a blocked heart valve.

But A Current Affair can exclusively reveal that he was still able to see Jessica wed, after she and her fiance flew to Thailand to tie the knot beside his hospital bed.

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Photos show the bride and groom standing at Fenech's bedside, Jessica wearing a veil as she leans down to kiss her father.

The three-time world champion had been conducting a training camp in Bangkok with several boxers he trains when he began coughing up blood.

Despite pleading to leave him alone, Fenech's fighters rang local paramedics – a move that doctors say may have saved his life.

"Fortunately, the boys ignored the aggressive calls to leave him alone and called an ambulance," Fenech's friend Dominic Jarvis said.

Dubbed "the Marrickville mauler", Fenech's decorated boxing career saw him become a world champion at bantamweight (53.5kg), super bantamweight (55kg) and featherweight (57kg).

He represented Australia at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where he was controversially stripped of a decision-win against Yugoslavian Redzep Redzepovski, and won a gold medal at the Oceanian Championships in the same year.

Watch the full incredible story of Jessica's special gift to her dad onA Current Affairon Monday from 7pm.

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