State memorial to be held for boxing great

A state memorial will be held for former featherweight world champion Johnny Famechon.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the news on Twitter on Monday afternoon after speaking with Famechon’s daughter, Danielle.

Famechon died in Melbourne last week at the age of 77.

He was the 2003 Inductee for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame’s modern category, and was third to be elevated to legend status in 2012.

Born Jean-Pierre Famechon in France in 1945, he moved to Australia with his family at the age of five.

He boxed professionally for more than 20 years for 56 wins, six draws and five losses.

Following his 1969 BBC World News Today title victory in London, Famechon received the keys to the city of Melbourne on returning home.

Details of the public memorial will be confirmed in coming days.


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