Former boxer charged with assault

Leonard Villers of Austintown is accused of striking the ice cream truck operator

Staff report


A former middleweight boxer from Youngstown pleaded not guilty in Mahoning County Court to an assault charge involving an ice cream truck operator.

Leonard “Lenny” Villers, 57, of Austintown on June 28 was accused of striking the ice cream truck operator, Joseph Feudale, 61, of Canfield, in the face. The dispute was about Feudale shortchanging Villers’ grandson after he purchased an ice cream treat on Depauw Avenue in Austintown, according to police.

Feudale told police he was going to give Villers back the $5 his grandson used to purchase the ice cream because he did not want to fight over a few dollars. Villers grabbed Feudale by the shirt and caused it to rip, and then repeatedly punched Feudale, according to police.

Feudale had visible facial wounds when the police arrived. Villers left the scene and had to be contacted by police.

Villers is a former Golden Gloves champion boxer. According to Vindicator files, he worked with the boxer trainer Edward Sullivan, who also trained Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Villers was once featured in The Ring magazine’s “Punch of the Month” for his 1982 win over O’Dell Leonard.

Villers’ pre-trial hearing on the assault charge will be Sept. 16 in Mahoning County Court in Austintown.

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