Any dedicated boxer embarking on a pro career finds it tough to juggle training, poor finances and maybe holding down a poorly paid job. For Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison he has to deal with all that, plus having to promote his own show on top of that.
At the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym on Saturday, Lewison, a construction worker, embarking on his second pro bout, has put together a show to ensure inactivity is not a problem in his progress. The 24-year-old middleweight who lives in Prospect knows he has to keep busy and is taking a leaf out of Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker’s books and going down the promotion route too.
As an amateur he had some success.
“I went to the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves in New York, also went to the semi-finals for the Empire State Tournament where I came second and I won a bronze medal in the New York Championship. I also used to be on the Cayman national amateur boxing team.”
From his pro fight in June which Lewison won easily, he learnt that the harder you train, the easier the fight. “I also learnt that no matter how good someone appears to be, as long as you put God first and do the best that you can possibly do, without fear in your heart, then you will surely succeed.
“I will be fighting Brant Skyler of Florida He has had more experience as a professional than me, so I am not expecting it to be easy but I am going to try my best to knock him out.
“It has been extremely hard balancing training and promotion.
“I have had to elicit sponsorship, sell tickets, promote and organise Saturday’s fight at the same time as building my stamina and power.”
The other bouts and attractions are on the bill include Dariel Ebanks against Luke Willingdon, Thomas McField facing Aaron Powell, Tafari Ebanks and Javaka Kellier as well as demonstrations by Kendall Ebanks and Troy O’Neil and musical entertainment.
“So far I’ve been really fortunate with sponsorship from Elizabeth Ross of the Real Estate Company, National Concrete, Mr Tony of Tony’s Toys, Cayman Airways, Hibiscus Spa at the Westin Resort and Hotel, Water Authority, Dr De Alwis, Celebrations, Candles Unlimited, A La Kebab, Pet Barn, Hair Gallery and Rhino Rebar.
There is a weigh-in and press conference organised on Friday 25 November at Club House Sports Bar and Grill at Treasure Island, at 7pm. Lewison’s boxing show at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym beside the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday 26 November starts at 7pm.
Doors open from 6.30pm, General admission is $25, VIP tickets are $50.
For tickets and more information, email [email protected] or call Peter Lewison on 927-0092