Big punching Peter “Lightning” Lewison not only had the satisfaction of extending his unbeaten record to five – with only seconds remaining he also kept his knockout record going.
Troy “TNT” Lowry was Lewison’s opponent at the D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym on Saturday night.
This was Lowry’s second time here having lasted four rounds against Charles “Killa” Whittaker five years ago. Killa made his refereeing debut on this show and did an admirable job and Nikolai Hill did well as emcee.
Although 42 years old, Lowry is still active and looked intent to cause an upset against the 25-year-old Caymanian.
Giving Lewison a tough match and at least lasting the distance was his intention. He most managed it, but a sustained attack by Lightning forced Whittaker to call a halt after 2 minutes, 36 seconds of the sixth.
The bout started well for Lewison, who gradually found his range and rhythm. But the American used all his vast experience after 21 years as a pro to fend off the thunderbolts.
By the third round, although winning, Lewison was fighting at Lowry’s slower tempo. Whittaker pulled them together and insisted on more action, which they duly obliged.
Lowry suffered a low blow in the fourth and was given time out to recover.
By the fifth and with the clock ticking away, although winning, Lewison was anxious for the KO to keep the streak going.
Lewison started showboating, trying to intimidate the American, who kept composed and tried to stay away from trouble. It did not work.
A pumped up Lewison pressed at every opportunity and with the crowd roaring him on he managed to land cleanly enough to force the technical knockout with only 24 seconds remaining.
There were two other bouts. The show opener was between Florida-based light-welters Roger Rosa and Xavier Lugo. The stocky, heavy hitting Rosa landed big shots from the start but Lugo absorbed them well, fired back and was still game after six extremely entertaining rounds in one of the best fights seen here in years. The crowd showed their approval.
The other bout was between perennial loser James Pratt and former heavyweight prospect Kevin Burnett. Pratt looked limited from the start with a slapping style that never troubled Burnett. The inevitable end came in the second round when a glancing left hook to the head dropped Pratt and Whittaker waved it over.
A welcome distraction was Omar the Fire Breather who invited the crowd outside to the netball court to witness him blowing flames high into the night sky. The excited crowd really warmed to his talent.