Johnny Famechon achieved worldwide fame as a result of his epic titlefights with Fighting Harada of Japan. Born in France in 1945, Famechonmoved to Frankston in 1970 and has since called the bayside suburb home.He was actively involved with the local community, including helpingpolice run the Frankston Blue Light Boxing Club for young people, formany years. In his prime, Famechon overcame Les Dunn to become VictorianFeatherweight champion in 1964, and then defeated 'Scot' Johnny O'Brienin 1967 to become Commonwealth Featherweight Champion. He became WorldFeatherweight Boxing champion on January 21, 1969 after he defeatedCuban, Jose Legra on points at the Albert Hall in London. He defendedhis crown against Fighting Harada of Japan, defeating his famous rivalagain six months later. With a career record of 56 wins (20 by KO), 6draws and 5 losses, Famechon was inducted into the World Boxing Hall ofFame in Los Angeles in 1997.