Jeff Horn insists he left the ring without his head buzzing but admits to hearing voices at stages during his loss to Terence Crawford. It was that of another Jeff, this time Fenech, urging him to do all the things he couldn't make happen at the MGM Grand.
"I really wanted to press forward. I was even thinking in my head 'I can just imagine what Jeff Fenech would be saying right now ... stay on his chest! Stay on his chest!' an emotional Horn said afterwards, fresh from getting 26 stitches to both eyes from a plastic surgeon.
"Definitely. I should have worked harder in that fight, upset him a bit more. I was frustrated in there. I didn't do things I was meant to do in there and felt slightly off in the ring tonight. I just couldn't get on him. His boxing skills are very good."
Fenech had something else before the fight, warning Horn he would need to lift 150 per cent from his win over Manny Pacquiao if he wanted to stick with Crawford through 12 rounds.
In hindsight, even that figure seemed conservative. Crawford was beyond brilliant, winning the WBO belt from Horn in his first appearance at welterweight and taking his record to 33-0 after a ninth-round TKO of the Australian.