Peter “Lightning” Lewison took a big step up in his quality of opponent, but the gamble backfired as he was technically knocked out near the end of the six-round bout on Saturday night.
Lewison took on the heavy-hitting cruiserweight Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson at the D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium.
Having fought only at middleweight and light-heavy previously, taking on the fourth-ranked cruiser in the United States and one of the world’s top ranked fighters in the division was a big challenge.
It was made even harder by the fact that as the promoter, Lewison had to do everything himself, including selling tickets, hiring officials, organizing plane tickets, hotel rooms and refreshments. Nor did he have any decent sparring, and coached himself in the build-up.
The 27-year-old Caymanian has been pleading with the government to help him financially for years but has never received any satisfaction.
Considering this was only his second loss in 10 bouts, each one fought under the same taxing circumstances, Lewison did remarkably well to last into the sixth round when referee Brian Garry stopped the bout after 2 minutes, 11 seconds.
Lewison repeated his plea for government help through bruised and battered lips.
Wilson took his record to 15 wins, including nine knockouts, in 25 bouts. He knocked Lewison down twice, in the first and fourth rounds. Although Lewison had his spells, when he fought back bravely and got the locals cheering, there was an inevitability to the outcome against a more muscular, more seasoned fighter.
“Peter is as hard as nails,” Wilson said graciously afterward. “He carries great skill and I was just trying to maintain and keep up with him.”
Wilson, 33, added that Lewison should not get dispirited and should put this defeat down to experience because he too has had to take fights that were mismatches.
“I’ve taken a bunch of tough fights myself, many heavily stacked against me. I like tough fights.”
Wilson advised Lewison to keep training hard, and he empathized with him for having to promote as well as prepare to get into the ring.
Despite his troubles and financial hardships, Lewison generously gave the Cayman Islands Amateur Boxing Association a $1,000 donation. Ring card girl Sheena Scott brought the check around.
There was only one other bout on the bill, Cayman’s Jason Parchment against Jamaican journeyman Anthony Osbourne, who is 39.
This was only Parchment’s second pro bout. He used his long jab and reach well in the first round but succumbed to Osbourne’s swarming tactics from the second round as he tired. Osbourne won on a majority decision.