Johnny Famechon

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Johnny Famechon
Real nameJean-Pierre Famechon
Height5' 5"
Born (1945-03-28) 28 March 1945 (age 73)
Paris, France
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins by KO20

Johnny Famechon (born Jean-Pierre Famechon 28 March 1945 in Paris, France) is a former Australian featherweight boxer.

Johnny was the 2003 Inductee for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Moderns category and was the 3rd to be elevated to Legend status in 2012.

Early life and boxing career[edit]

Famechon and his mother, father and younger brother moved from Paris, France to Ferntree Gully, Australia in 1950 at the age of five. The family then moved to Middle Park. His mother Antoinette and younger brother Christian moved back to Paris a couple of years later, John and his father Andre then moved to Richmond.

Famechon went to Essendon Technical School where he met lifelong friend John Johnson and became part of the family when he moved into their home in Aspendale.

He met his wife Elise nee Alves and they married at St Brigid’s Church in Mordiallic in 1970. They moved to Frankston and had their first child Paul in 1972, and then daughter Danielle in 1974.

Over his twenty-year career he developed a reputation for being a beautifully skilled boxer whose strength was his defence. His career record of 56 wins (20 by KO), 6 draws and 5 losses.

His first major win was over Les Dunn to become Victorian Featherweight champion in 1964, then he was Commonwealth featherweight champion in 1967 after defeating the Scot John O'Brien. He became Lineal and WBC featherweight champion on 21 January 1969 after he defeated the Cuban Jose Legra on points at the Albert Hall in London.

He defended his WBC featherweight title against Fighting Harada of Japan and won in a controversial points decision. In the rematch for the world title, against Harada in Japan six months later, Famechon decisively won by knocking Harada out in the fourteenth round.

He defended his WBC title on 9 May 1970 in Rome to Mexican Vicente Saldivar and after losing the fight in a close points decision, he retired soon afterwards.

He was trained by Ambrose Palmer throughout his professional career and never fought as an amateur.

Later life[edit]

Famechon received the Keys To The City in 1969 on his return to Australia after his World Title win against Jose Legra in London.

Famechon was the first Melburnian to become King of Moomba in 1970 when appointed by the Moomba festival committee.[1]

In 1971, he and long time friend Frank Quill, wrote his autobiography, Fammo.

Famechon was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.[2] He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in 1997.

In 1991 he was badly injured when hit by a car outside Sydney's Warwick Farm racecourse, which resulted in horrific injuries and sustained Acquired Brain Injury and a stroke. In December of 1993 John commenced a new complex brain-based multi-movement therapy rehabilitation program that resulted in John returning to a near normal life some 10-12 weeks after the therapy began. John's recovery became the basis of a cognitive neuroscience PhD thesis at Central Queensland University (by Ragnar Purje under the supervision of Professor Ken Purnell) titled: The phenomenon of the recovery of Johnny Famechon: A discourse of resilience and brain plasticity.

Famechon now has a bronze statue in his home town of Frankston and is only the third Australian boxer to be honoured in this way after Les Darcy and then Lionel Rose.

He still lives in the family home in Frankston, Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen, (17 February 2006) Moomba: A festival for the people.: "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 2011-03-25. PDF p 22
  2. ^ "Johnny Famechon". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
Preceded by
Jose Legra
WBC Featherweight Champion
January 2, 1925 – March 1926
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar
Title last held by
Vicente Saldivar
Lineal Featherweight Champion
January 2, 1925 – March 1926
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar

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