Fight for pride

It may not be a world title fight, but it has all the seriousness of one.

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ONeil has the edge in experience Photo: Ron Shillingford

The main bout at the Boatswain’s Beach boxing show next week has all the hallmarks of being a great one.

It’s between Troy ‘The Real Deal’ O’Neil and Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison, made at cruiserweight, 195lbs and both have been focused like pro contenders in the build up.

The show is at the entrance of Boatswain’s Beach on Saturday 14 March and tickets are selling well.

A team of Jamaicans are coming over from Kingston to be matched with Cayman’s finest.

Boxing coach Donie Anglin said: ‘I was born in West Bay and the last show held there was in 1982 at the Town Hall. It was packed and another one should have been held in West Bay much sooner.’

Tickets are only $10 and $20 ringside.

Also on the bill is Anglin’s son Jason Parchment and other Caymanian boxers hoping to be matched against the visiting Jamaicans are Kendall Ebanks, Dariel Ebanks, Curtis Henderson, Eric McField, Tracey Seymour and Michael Ford.

O’Neil said: ‘It’s going to be a good fight. There are some new kids trying to take down the old kings.’

O’Neil, 33, has been boxing seriously for around 10 years, the pinnacle being taking the Caribbean light-heavyweight novice title in 2002.

He’s competed in the World Games in Indiana where he got a silver and he also won bronze in a tournament in Spain.

O’Neil also made a spectacular debut in mixed martial arts last year and intends to fight again in the octagon in May.

Party-loving O’Neil has curbed his ways and lost around 25lbs in the past month, coming down from 220lbs, so is evidently taking this match seriously.

He feels that superior experience and technique will negate any advantages the younger, possibly stronger Lewison may have over him.

‘Peter has heart, I’ll give him that, for even calling me out. Maybe stupid, but he has heart,’ he laughs.

‘I haven’t fought in West Bay since maybe 1998 at Long John Silver and I’m really looking forward to it. It will be an awesome show.’

Lewison, 22, is happy to be matched against O’Neil who he says challenged him first. ‘I really, strongly believe it’s going to be a good fight and I’m going to beat him.

‘That’s because I’m the younger, stronger opponent with extra stamina. I admit that Troy has more experience than me but I know for a fact that with my dedication and willpower I will beat him.’

Sponsors are Cobalt, Hardware Express, G & M Electronics, Boatswain’s Beach, Caybrew and Kings Import.

Tickets are available from Funky Tangs and Boatswain’s Beach and and also Donie Anglin on: 939 7944.

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