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Australian boxing great Johnny Famechon dies aged 77

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French-born Australian boxing legend Johnny Fameshon, who became world featherweight champion in a short but illustrious career, has died at the age of 77, officials said on Thursday.

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Fameshon was considered one of Australia’s greatest boxers, becoming the WBC featherweight champion in 1969 after he defeated Cuban José Legrou on points at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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He defended his title twice against the former King of Japan flyweight and bantamweight Fighting Harada in a career in which he won 56 of 67 professional fights, including 20 knockouts.

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He retired at just 25 after losing his title to Mexican Vicente Saldívar in 1970.

“I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Australian boxing icon Johnny Famechon,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman tweeted. “May he rest in eternal peace.”

Born Jean-Pierre Famechon in Paris before his parents emigrated to Australia when he was five years old, he was known for his silky defensive skills that earned him the nickname “poetry on the move”.

“You talk about them giving state funerals for certain people and if anyone deserves one, Fammo definitely deserves it,” Australian boxer Jeff Fenech, who has won world titles in three weight divisions, told the Sydney Morning Herald. categories.

“He was nice to look at, he was so skillful. He looked like Floyd Mayweather, one of those guys who hits and never gets hit.”

Famechon suffered a stroke and brain injury in 1991 when he was hit by a car in Sydney, but made a near full recovery. In 1997, he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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