Graeme Langlands, Johnny Lewis and friends

Rugby league Immortal, Team of the Century member and Men of League Foundation member, Graeme Langlands enjoyed lunch on Wednesday 31 May with some old friends. Graeme, who turns 76 on 2 September, is in a nursing home at Jannali.

He was taken to lunch at the Tradies Club in Gymea by Johnny Lewis OAM, Phil Franks and Barry Ross. The rugby league legend was at ease in the company of his three long term friends over the two hour lunch.

Graeme’s friend, Johnny Lewis flies out to New York on Friday 2 June, where he will be officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota on Sunday 11 June. Canastota is around 440 kilometres north west of New York City and part of New York State.

Johnny will be inducted along with former World Cruiserweight and Heavyweight Champion, Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield, ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ Marco Antonio Berrera, who won world titles in three divisions, Judge Jerry Roth, journalist/broadcaster Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins. There will also be three posthumous inductees and these are Johnny Tapia, who won world titles in three divisions, Eddie Booker, who was a world rated boxer of the 1930s and 1940s and ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon Senior.

During his great career, Johnny Lewis, Men of League Foundation member number 1,747, trained six World Champions and these were Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, Kostya Tszyu, Virgil Hill, Billy Dib and Gairy St. Clair.

By Barry Ross

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