- LUCAS EMANUEL FERNANDEZ LEONE | BIO -
Fernandez Leone is the third Argentine fighter to join the Payne Boxing team and like the others has gotten his career off to a strong start.
At age 28, Fernandez Leone has been battle tested throughout his seven year professional career, doing enough to catch the eye of Gardner Payne in February of 2020. Fernandez Leone began his career with six straight wins, all of which came by way of knockout. His first loss was a tough one back in September of 2014 to Elias David Coronel in a bout for the FAB Light Flyweight Title, but he would recover to win five straight afterward, including claiming and defending the WBC Latino Light Flyweight title in wins over Roberto Carlos Mario Marin and Carlos Ariel Farias.
Fernandez Leone attempted to win his second world title in November of 2017, when he was the challenger to undefeated Juan Jose Juardo for the WBO Latino Super Flyweight belt. He would fight to a well-earned draw in what would also be his final fight in his home country of Argentina.
His next fight was arguably the biggest fight of his young career to this point, as he traveled to Puerto Rico to take on Joshua Franco. As the challenger on the card, Fernandez Leone would register a huge 9th round TKO upset in a fight that he was trailing on the score cards. Fernandez Leone still remains the only loss on Franco’s record, one that has him currently ranked in the top 20 in the world super flyweight rankings.
Since that fight, Fernandez Leone has traveled to South Africa, where he faced hometown fighter Gideon Buthelezi for the IBO World Super Flyweight title, losing in a unanimous decision and registering a no contest in an October 2019 fight against Juan Carlos Camacho in a fight for the WBO Latino Super Flyweight belt
Fernandez Leone might be a veteran, but there is plenty of untapped potential for this young man who will now have the chance to be trained by one of the world top training groups at the Payne Boxing Camp when he prepares for fights.