Australia’s boxing community grieves the passing of former world champion Johnny Famechon, who died after a terrifying car accident.
More than 30 years after he valiantly recovered from a shocking accident that put him in a coma, Johnny Famechon, a former featherweight world champion, passed away at the age of 77, sending shockwaves through Australian boxing.
Famechon passed away in Melbourne, it was announced on Thursday. He was best known for winning the title against Jose Legra in a nail-biting 15-round fight in London in 1969 and defeating famous Japanese pug Fighting Harada later that year.
Famous for his dexterous glove work, he demonstrated in 1991 that he was also incredibly tough outside of the ring when he fought back following a car accident close to Sydney’s Warwick Farm racetrack.
He was in a coma for ten days due to the impact, and when he came to, he had a stroke and a brain injury but managed to fight his way back and lead what he called “a great life.”
The news devastated his fellow Australian and world champion Jeff Fenech.
He told radio 2GB, “He never failed to send me a Christmas card, and every time I saw him, we would laugh and joke.”
“What a gorgeous man he was.”
He was unmatched as a human being in addition to his illustrious boxing career.
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