ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Tuvia Lewis, the sole Antiguan boxer that participated in the St Martin Invitational Boxing Championship last weekend, put up a creditable performance in his bout.
Uprising Gym head coach Anthony Severin who accompanied Lewis told OBSERVER Sports that although Lewis lost the fight, it was certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
He said the light heavyweight pugilist came up against the much more experienced fighter Claude Esperance, a veteran of nine years.
Serverin said Esperance, who has fought regionally and internationally, was too much for Lewis who lacked the experience and in fact has only has two years’ experience under his belt.
The head coach said more hard work is needed if the country’s boxers are to create a serious impact, but that they have to commit to their jobs so it is going to be very difficult. He also noted that boxing has been a somewhat dormant sport in Antigua and efforts are being made to fully revive the sport.
Severin said plans are underway for four other boxers to participate in the Guadeloupe Invitational next month.
Severin is appealing to the business and private sectors to come forward and assist the young pugilists as they strive to carry the nation’s flag.