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Boxing legend Johnny Famechon dead at 77: ‘He was like Floyd Mayweather’

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Australian boxing legend Johnny Famechon has died in Melbourne, officials said. He was 77.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame announced the former boxing world champion’s death on Thursday in a statement that also recognized his contribution to the sport.

“Johnny Famechon was one of the most popular Australian boxers of all time,” Sport Australia Hall of Fame chairman John Bertrand said. “Johnny was our humble, skillful world champion, showing the essence of how we see our heroes. He was described as poetry in motion, a master craftsman.”

He became champion of the world in January 1969 after emerging victorious in a hard-fought contest at Albert Hall in London over Cuban Jose Legra.


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