Lightning snuffed but is still upbeat

He went to New York to try to
conquer the city’s best novice amateur boxers but fell short at the third
hurdle.

Now Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison
brushes himself down and will continue in his quest to get to the London
Olympics for Cayman.

Two months ago, the Prospect
resident’s only experience in the boxing ring was a few low-key bouts in Cayman
with mixed results.

But he has a total self-belief and
the 22-year-old student entered New York’s famed novice Daily News Golden
Gloves annual tournament genuinely thinking with his enormous work ethic he
could do it.

He trained in the celebrated
Gleason’s Gym for weeks and in his first bout won sensationally in the first
round against a local favourite in January.

Lewison outpointed his opponent in
his next bout but lost by a narrow points margin in the quarter-finals three
weeks ago against Juan Lopez in the 178-pound division.

His main coach at Gleason’s was
Dillon Carew, a former super-middleweight pro who fought the likes of world
champions Meldrick Taylor and Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton.

Mark Breland, the 1984 Olympic
welterweight champion and former world champion pro, also gave Lewison tips and
worked in his corner.

Lewison also picked up pointers
from top pros in Gleason’s like Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite, the Guyanese
ex-world cruiserweight champion who is making a comeback at 34.

“It was my first tournament and I
got a lot of good experience from it,” Lewison said. “Lopez was a southpaw so
it was a little tricky working out his style.

“I had him against the ropes the
whole fight. It was close and could have gone either way.”

Lewison wants to keep busy and
hopes to be on the Cayman team going to the Bahamas over the Easter weekend. Now
back at the D Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium at the Truman Bodden Sports
Complex, he is being guided by coach Donie Anglin.

He hopes to enter the Empire State
Games in New York at the end of May and if successful will look for the next
tournament to accelerate his progress. Until he has 10 fights, Lewison is still
eligible to fight in next year’s Daily News Golden Gloves and hopefully go
further.

“My main goal is to get more
experience and get to the Olympics and be the best I can possibly be.”

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