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Ex-featherweight world champion Johnny Famechon has died in Melbourne on the age of 77. The...

Ex-featherweight world champion Johnny Famechon has died in Melbourne on the age of 77.

The Australian boxer’s most memorable victory was his world title win in opposition to Cuban Jose Legra at London’s Albert Corridor in 1969.

Famechon was the 2003 Inductee for the Australian Nationwide Boxing Corridor of Fame’s trendy class and was the third to be elevated to legend standing in 2012.

Born Jean-Pierre Famechon in France in 1945, he moved to Australia together with his household on the age of 5.

He boxed professionally for over 20 years for 56 wins, six attracts and 5 losses.

Picture: Johnny Famechon fights Jose Legra for the World Featherweight Title struggle in 1969

Following his world title win in London in 1969, Famechon acquired the Keys To The Metropolis of Melbourne on returning house.

He defended his WBC featherweight title in opposition to Preventing Harada of Japan and gained in a controversial factors resolution.

Within the rematch for the world title in opposition to Harada in Japan six months later, Famechon decisively gained by knocking out his opponent within the fourteenth spherical.

He defended his WBC title in Might 1970 in Rome to Mexican Vicente Saldivar and retired on the age of 24 quickly after shedding the struggle in an in depth factors resolution.

Famechon, who by no means fought as an novice, was skilled by skilled prize fighter and main Australian guidelines footballer Ambrose Palmer.

In 1991 Famechon was hit by a car in Sydney, which induced a stroke and resulted in an acquired mind harm.

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Earlier in 2022 he grew to become a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) within the Queen’s Birthday Honours record for important service to boxing on the elite stage.