It is hardly a coincidence that many professional and amateur poker players are always on the look-out for new adventures and in need of thrills and challenges in all walks of life. You will be hard-pressed to find poker pros that used to sit in an office sorting files day in, day out before starting their career in poker. Instead, many of them come from the entertainment business, or from sports or other fields, which taught them how to take risks. Jeff Fenech, too, can be counted into this category. The 44-year-old Australian, who today plays poker passionately for 888.com, has had a remarkable career in boxing.
After he had participated in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he became a professional boxer and quickly established a legendary reputation: managing to win his first eleven bouts as a pro by knockout. His career took off immediately afterwards, and Fenech soon started to made his mark also internationally. He became world Bantamweight champion in 1985- only two other boxers had ever become world champions faster than him - and his success continued in the following years. In 1987, he won the Junior Featherweight world championship, followed by the Featherweight championship in 1988. With these victories he became part of the small group of extraordinary boxers that held world titles in three or more weight categories.
Until 1996, Fenech competed actively, and in 2002 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in New York. Since then, he has been working as a coach, amongst others for boxing stars such as Mike Tyson, who has trained with him since 2005. In addition, he discovered his passion - and talent - for poker. This game, in which a good hand is more important than a clenched fist, has also brought him impressive accomplishments. Fenech was victorious in a star tournament organized by 888.com - and thus won a seat for the World Series of Poker 2008.