A larger than life bronze sculpture of boxing champion Johnny (John) Famechon will soon be unveiled to immortalise the icon who achieved so much during his career.
The 2.5 metre high sculpture, commissioned by Rob McCarthy and Australian Boxing Hall of Fame and supported by Frankston City Council, is the work of Sydney based sculptor Stephen Glassborow.
“John’s triumphant story has captivated sporting enthusiasts not only here in Frankston City, where he has lived for over 40 years, but across the Country and beyond,” said Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the hard work of those involved in bringing this project in recognition of John to life. We are delighted to have his success story enshrined within the popular Ballam Park Playground for future generations.”
John Famechon is a former world champion boxer with 56 wins under his belt, contesting a total of 57 bouts during his career, an inductee of the Australian Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. As a resident of Frankston for over 40 years, John has inspired and mentored young people since retiring from his boxing career in 1970 and is also an inductee of the Frankston City Hall of Fame.
The sculpture will be unveiled at a special ceremony, open to the public, with John Famechon and his wife Glenys on January 21 to celebrate the anniversary of John winning the World Featherweight Championship in 1969.
What: Unveiling of Johnny Famechon statue
When: Sunday 21 January 2018, 11am-12pm
Where: Ballam Park Playground entrance (near the water feature), 260R Cranbourne Road, Frankston
Parking: Parking will be available to attendees (site map included below). Traffic management will be in place.
Who: Johnny and Glenys Famechon, community members, Councillors and Council Officers, Members of Parliament
Contact: Kristen Thomson, 9768 1367