Lightning must strike early

Peter “Lightning” Lewison had better be ready to strike often and very hard in his next fight this weekend, otherwise it could be calamitous for his career. 

Lewison takes a big step up in class to face Garrett “Ultimate Warrior” Wilson at the D. Dalmain Ebanks boxing gym on Saturday. 

Lewison has only lost once in his nine bouts and six of his wins have come by knockout. 

His sole loss was a stoppage loss to Mike Lee in Philadelphia last year, but Lewison has bounced back with two wins since then. 

Philadelphia has produced some fearsome punchers over the years, including Sonny Liston and Smokin’ Joe Frazier. 

Wilson is not in that class, but he is still a formidable opponent for Lewison who is still a relative novice after a patchy amateur career. 

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old Caymanian is confident he can win impressively against the 33-year-old veteran who is world ranked No. 45 and the fourth-best cruiser in America. Lewison is world ranked No. 205. This is his first fight at cruiser having come up from middleweight and light-heavy. For Lewison to win convincingly, he must strike hard early in the fight to gain Wilson’s respect. 

Wilson is a stocky, muscled fighter who has won 14 of his 24 bouts and fought some respectable names along the way. 

“Me beating Wilson will push me, I think, into the top 25 in the world,” Lewison said. “He’s a good fighter, been in with the some of the top 10 fighters in the world.” 

Lewison admits this is a big step up for him, but having done his research, believes Wilson is the ideal opponent at this stage of his career. 

The fact that Wilson is “a heavy hitter, an explosive fighter” does not deter Lewison. “I’ve got my speed back and I think I’ll overpower him. I think I’ll definitely, probably in the fourth round, knock him out.” 

The fact that Lewison has been working on his speed, power and endurance convinces him that victory will be his before the end of the scheduled eight rounds. 

He has been sparring with Charles “Da Killa” Whittaker. The fight is under Lewison’s Lightning Boy Promotions and on the undercard Jason Parchment will fight Anthony “Blood” O’Neill from Jamaica. 

There will be a couple of white-collar boxing matches from 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $100. At the door, tickets are $50. 

Brian Garry, who is based in Tampa, is the referee. Lewison will have Orlando-based Roberto Rios, his new trainer, in his corner. 

After this bout, Lewison will be training under former world welterweight champ Mark Breland who is based in New York. 

Lewison added, “I want to say a big thank you to my sponsors.” 

For tickets and more information, ring Peter Lewison on 927-0092. 

Garrett Wilson is a formidable opponent for Lewison.

Garrett Wilson is a formidable opponent for Lewison.