From 1983 to 1995 Filipino fighter Domingo "Pretty Boy" Lucas (34-7-2, 10) was a staple of the world rankings in the lower weight classes. He was a 4 time world title challenger who went the distance with Ricardo Lopez and someone who managed to have a very solid in ring career based around his boxing IQ and his technical ability. Sadly his career came to an abrupt end in 1995, when he was just 29, but by that point he had left his mark and been able to challenge for titles at both Minimumweight and Flyweight.
We suspect many fight fans have spotted Lucas name on boxrec but don't really know much about him. With that in mind we felt he was a perfect candidate for this weeks 5 midweek facts.
We'll not only explain why Lucas's ended it when it did, but much more as we bring you 5 midweek facts about Pretty Boy Lucas.
1-Lucas' career came to an end after he suffered a brain injury in a 1995 loss against Chang Jae Kwon in Japan. He spent two months on hospital and required an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain.
2-Amazingly whilst Lucas was in hospital his wife gave birth to his son, Aljun is now an accountant, was born when Lucas was in a coma in hospital. Sadly Lucas is now divorced from his wife, with the two divorcing a few years after his injury.
3-In one of the "Best I Faced" columns, done by Anson Wainwright for RingTV, Ricardo Lopez revealed that Lucas was "the most skilful" opponent that he faced. That's a huge compliment coming from one
4-In 2011 Lucas featured in an episode of Filipino TV show "I Dare You". This appearance is actually something that featured on Lucas' IMDB page.
5-Lucas's style helped inspire that of another "Pretty Boy", Jerwin Ancajas. Ancajas revealed that his style was based on that of Lucas, who used a stiff jab and a very polished style. Lucas was also the reason that Ancajas adopted the "Pretty Boy" nickname.
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