Aussie boxing legend dies aged 77

Aussie boxing legend dies aged 77

The Australian boxing community is in mourning after legendary fighter Johnny Famechon died, aged 77.

Famechon, who was born in Paris, migrated to Australia at the age of five and went on to win a world title in 1969 in a short but stunning professional career.

He became Lineal and WBC featherweight champion after he defeated the Cuban José Legrá on points at the Albert Hall in London.

He defended his title against Fighting Harada of Japan in a controversial points decision and then in the rematch in Japan six months later, Famechon decisively won by knocking Harada out in the 14th round in his most famous win.

Famechon won 56 of his 67 professional fights before retiring from boxing aged just 25.

His achievements remain revered and in 2012 Famechon was elevated to Legend status in the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

He was also inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.

His life was turned around in 1991 when he was hit by a car in Sydney. The incident caused a stroke and resulted in an acquired brain injury.

Famechon has a bronze statue in his home town of Frankston in Victoria and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to boxing at the elite level.

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