Leon Lucas

LEON LUCAS was born in Camden, New Jersey on September 4, 1901. His parents were immigrants from Poland. At the age of 18 he was living at 1103 Louis Street and working at one of Camden's shipyards. He lived at 1539 Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden NJ, and was working as a hardwood floor layer in late 1926 when he took up boxing, working out at the Arcadia gym in Philadelphia. In one night in Philadelphia,  April 12, 1928, he defeated four opponents, all by knockout, to qualify for the AAU finals, which determined the makeup of that year's American Olympic team. A light heavyweight, he  defeated Dave Maeir of Milwaukee in 1928 to win the Amateur Athletic Union light heavyweight title, and earn his place at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

Leon Lucas knocked out Dave Maier (above) in 1928 for the Amateur Athletic Union light heavyweight title in Boston MA

After returning to Camden from the Olympics, Leon Lucas turned professional. He won his first three fights, two by knockout in Philadelphia PA. For his fourth fight, he traveled to Milwaukee WI to fight 5 days after his previous bought. He fought King Levinsky only to be knocked out in the 6th round. This would prove to be his last professional fight. He stayed around boxing and in June of 1929 traveled to Lakewood NJ to work as a sparring partner for German heavyweight Max Schmeling.

Leon Lucas went into business. He acquired a popular bar at 1223 Haddon Avenue from long-time Camden tavern owner Charles E.A. "Pop" Mathews. This bar became known as Donkey's Place.

Donkey's Place over the years became famous for its steak sandwiches, on a poppy-seed roll smothered in onions. A Camden for seven decades, you can still get one today!

Leon Lucas passed away in May of 1971.

Camden Courier-Post - April 18, 1928


April 21, 1928

Mansfield OH News - April 26, 1928

Ironwood MI Daily Globe - April 26, 1928

Camden Courier-Post - April 27, 1928

Wisconsin Rapids WI
Daily Tribune

August 8, 1928












Camden Courier-Post * September 12, 1928


Camden Courier-Post * September 19, 1928

Vincent Forgione Wins Decision Over Babe McCorgary
in Veteran's All-Star Benefit Show



Frank Guetherman
aka Tip Gorman
Vincent Forgione
BooBoo Hoff Mushy Brown
Roxie Allen Babe McCorgary
Mickey Blair Joe Ferguson
Leon Lucas Joe Bashara
Jackie Hindle Thomas Walters
Post 518, VFW
Joe "Pose" Robinson
Convention Hall Al Gordon
Sgt. Ray Smith Jesse Goss
Edward A. Walsh Tommy "Kid" Murphy






Coshocton OH Tribune - June 25, 1929


LAKEWOOD, N.J., June 25- Max Schmeling finishes his training here today for his fight with Paulino Thursday night. Max is ready.

Save for an accident the hard-punching German heavyweight will enter the ring as fit as any fighter ever did. He will box five rounds this afternoon with Marty Gallagher, Germany Heller, Leon Lucas and George Neron, his old sparring mates.

Indiana PA Evening Gazette - March 4, 1930

Fights Last Night

At Philadelphia- Primo Carnera, Italy, knocked out Ace Clark, Philadelphia, in sixth; Leonard Dixon, Philadelphia and Buck Weaver, Medicine Lodge, fought six-round draw; Leon Lucas, Camden, N.J., knocked out Peggy Sullivan, Phialdelphia, in second round.

Wins, 2 by KO, 1 Loss
Date   Lb Opponent Lb WLD Last 6 Location Result
1930-03-08 King Levinsky 5-1-1
Milwaukee, WI, USA L KO 6
1930-03-03 Peggy Sullivan 0-0-0
Arena, Philadelphia, PA, USA W KO 2
1929-12-02 Leonard Dixon 1-1-0
Philadelphia, PA, USA W PTS 6
1928-10-22 George Giacchino 0-0-0
Philadelphia, PA, USA W KO 1
1928-09-18 Mushy Brown Convention Hall, Camden, NJ W KO 1

Veterans Boxing Association Ring 6
11th Annual Banquet - April 20, 1959

1931 127lbs
Dick Graminga, Charles Humes 
and Tony Georgette-Managers
Eddie Prince, Lew Sparks
and Jack Blackburn-Trainers

Joseph Grochowski
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Edward Shapiro
Thomas McLaughlin
John Opfer

Joey Powell's Well-Wishers 
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Tom Fish

Donkey's Place - March 2003
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