Boxing prospect Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison is in great shape and looking forward to his fourth bout.
He is well on his way to losing the 40 pounds needed to meet the 160 pound weight the fight is set at and that is partly because as promoter too, Lewison has to whizz around frantically trying to sell tickets.
On Saturday he was at all the sports bars along the West Bay Road trying to entice people to part with $25. One venue included Chelsea’s where the Rogue Gym fighters congregated to watch UFC 154 when Canadian hero Georges St. Pierre made a triumphant return after 18 months out injured by outpointing Carlos Condit.
Lewison is selling tickets fast but his bout against Kevin Rooney Jr fell through so he now refocuses on meeting the highly experienced Elvis Martinez.
The contest is at the Lions Centre on 8 December and promises to be another exciting night of action.
Rooney is the son of the celebrated trainer Kevin Rooney who was Mike Tyson’s first pro trainer when the heavyweight slugger was a whirlwind teenager who became the youngest heavyweight champ ever, at 20, in 1986.
But when Rooney Jr realised how tough facing Lightning would be, the spark went out of his enthusiasm.
Lewison, 25, hopes to sell 4,000 tickets, a daunting task but he is almost half way there with two weeks to go.
Lightning’s Intercontinental NBA belt will not be on the line against Martinez but he is nevertheless intent on keeping his knock out record going.
“Training is going well but unfortunately Kevin Rooney Jr ran away from the fight,” Lewison said. “I offered him the money that he wanted but he still never took it. He said he would fight me for a certain price and I said I was willing to do it but he still didn’t take it.
“Right now it’s kind of hard to find opponents for me being that I have the three technical knock outs. It intimidates a lot of the boxers that I have to fight to build my record to get in the top 10 or top 50.
“I’m fighting Martinez instead. He is from the Dominican Republic, has over 40 fights and is based in Miami. I won’t be making a defence of my belt. After Martinez I’ll be training hard for next year. Hopefully, I’ll be fighting a well known, established fighter next year.
“Ticket sales are going good, I’ve sold over 1,700 already. The undercard includes ‘Silky’ Wilky Campfort who will fight a tough Jamaican Anthony Osbourne and there will be a heavyweight fight from the United States.
“Hopefully, Troy O’Neil will be making his professional debut depending on how his training goes with his knee injury. There will be four professional fights and some white collar bouts.
“I have performing the Jamaican singer Munga who had a hit with Wine Pon It, One of his songs on YouTube has over two million views.
“I’m very grateful to my sponsors who include Andreas Ugland, AI Rentals, Massive, Celebrations, The Real Estate Company, Sunshine Suites, National Concrete, the Water Authority, Coconut Car Rental, Cayman National Bank, Magnum Jewellers, Rhino Rebar, Cayman Distributors, Cayman Airways, Fastsigns, DHL and Tony’s Toys.
“Manny Pacquiao is fighting Juan Manuel Marquez that night so we’re organising a big screen to show the fight. That should really add to the entertainment.”
Tickets, $25 are available at Reflections, CashWiz on the Waterfront or Pet Barn and Hair Gallery or phone Peter Lewison on 325-0092 or email: [email protected]