Johnny Famechon former WBC featherweight World champion SIGNED and INSCRIBED "To Cyril Best Wishes" black & white 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" photo with inscription on reverse which reads:-
Thank you very much for asking for a photo if it happens to get destroyed or anything write and tell me and I'll make sure to send another one in one piece
all the best Johnny"
Condition Very good (light surface marks)
Johnny Famechon (born 28 March 1945) former Australian featherweight, who was born as Jean-Pierre Famechon in France. He moved to Australia in 1950 aged five. Over his twenty-year career he became known as a tough fighter, a 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, Johnny O'Brien. He became 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 crown against Fighting Harada of Japan and won in a controversial decision; he won against Harada in Japan six months later, knocking him out in the fourteenth round. He lost a close bout in Rome to Mexican Vicente Saldivar on 9 May 1970, retiring afterwards.
He was trained by Ambrose Palmer throughout his professional career and never fought as an amateur. He lives in Melbourne, Australia - part of the time in the suburb of Aspendale.
In 1971, he wrote an autobiography called Fammo.
Famechon was the first Melburnian to become King of Moomba in 1970 when appointed by the Moomba festival committee.
He was badly injured when hit by a car whilst jogging outside Sydney's Warwick Farm racecourse in 1991, which resulted in horrific injuries. In December 1993 Ragnar Purje introduced himself to John and his fiance Glenys Bussey.
Ragnar informed John and Glenys that he had a theory pertaining to Acquired Brain Injury neurological rehabilitation. Ragnar explained that his theory was formulated through his extensive Goju Karate studies and training as well as his academic training in psychology, counselling, physical education and sport science. With encouragement from John, Glenys and John's personal physician Ragnar began applying his theory and his Acquired Brain Injury neurological rehabilitation almost immediately. The program was intense and demanding.
After three months of this program John took his first steps.
From there John has never looked back. John now walks with the aid of a walking stick and his speech and memory have improved. Following his accident, John informed Glenys that he would not marry her until he could walk her down the aisle. John walked down the aisle with Glenys when he married her in June 1997.
John Famechon was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in 1997.