Winwood sets sights on Fenech title record

February 05, 2023 07:40 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Light flyweight talent Alex Winwood will have Danny Green in his corner in Perth next month as he continues his quest to become Australia's fastest world boxing champion.

Winwood, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics, was denied a Commonwealth Games medal when he was curiously stopped by the referee in the Birmingham quarter-finals.

The Perth product has quickly moved on though, set to host Indonesia's recent world champion and the IBF's No.13 Tibo Monabesa for the WBC international light flyweight title on March 3 at the Metro City.

It's a re-do of the fight that was slated for Dubai on the Lucas Browne-Mahmoud Charr December undercard that was controversially aborted once the boxers had already arrived.

The 25-year-old will have multiple world champion Green in his corner for his second professional fight, leaving him just five more to equal Jeff Fenech's record as the country's fastest champion.

Australian great Fenech beat Satoshi Shingaki in Sydney in 1985 to claim the IBF bantamweight title, his first of four different division world title belts.

"I've boxed elite fighters, now it's my time to shine. I want to beat Jeff Fenech's legendary record as Australia's fastest world champion," he told AAP.

"I want to establish myself on the world scene and I think this is the right fight in front of my own people in Perth."

Winwood has been training with Moloney brothers Andrew and Jason, the latter set to fight US-based Filipino Nonito Donaire for the WBC bantamweight world title later this year.

"Alex is a great kid, a fast learner and he can really fight," manager Tony Tolj said.

"I'm excited about him, and I'm really enjoying working with him. He listens to his coaches, he trusts his team, he's everything you can ask for in a fighter.

"It's a massive ask to beat Jeff Fenech's record; it's legendary.

"But I believe out of all the Australian fighters emerging right now, Winwood has the best chance to do it."


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