Johnny Famechon on FrankstonTV

Johnny Famechon achieved worldwide fame as a result of his epic title fights with Fighting Harada of Japan. Born in France in 1945, Famechon moved to Frankston in 1970 and has since called the bayside suburb home. He was actively involved with the local community, including helping police run the Frankston Blue Light Boxing Club for young people, for many years. In his prime, Famechon overcame Les Dunn to become Victorian Featherweight champion in 1964, and then defeated ‘Scot’ Johnny O’Brien in 1967 to become Commonwealth Featherweight Champion. He became World Featherweight Boxing champion on January 21, 1969 after he defeated Cuban, Jose Legra on points at the Albert Hall in London. He defended his crown against Fighting Harada of Japan, defeating his famous rival again six months later. With a career record of 56 wins (20 by KO), 6 draws and 5 losses, Famechon was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in 1997.

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