Of all the things one could ask for on their birthday, a boxing match would hardly be at the top of anyone’s list.
Well, Lucas O’Neill isn’t just anyone and as such he’ll be the recipient of a shiny new fist fight come November 16th aka his 34th birthday.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised in Massachusetts, this current Brooklyn native is using the opportunity to get in the ring for Fighters4Life as a way to get more active in the charitable pursuits.
Perhaps the desire to give back derives from his parents who dedicated their lives to public service as social workers for some of society's most vulnerable citizens, including disadvantaged children, homeless veterans, and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental disorders. For that he counts them as his personal heroes.
Among his greatest accomplishments thus far Lucas puts earning a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism right at the top and given that impressive achievement, here’s how boxing piqued Lucas’ interest in his own words:
Growing up in the shadows of the City of Champions — Brockton, Mass. — where Rocky Marciano hailed from and Marvelous Marvin Hagler trained, I've always been interested in boxing.
That only increased when I worked as the sports editor of a daily paper covering Catskill, N.Y., where Cus D'Amato turned Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson into champions.
Not being much of an athlete myself, I never anticipated stepping into the ring, but for the sake of charity and a George Plimpton-like experience, I'm willing to get my clock cleaned (but hopefully won't).