Gardens Campus, Contributing Writer
“Dangerous” Dave Lewter is an awesome boxer known for raw talent in the ring and putting fighters on their backs. He was the three-time, two-division International Sport Karate Association World Kickboxing champion. He’s also the owner & operator of Elite Boxing in West Palm Beach.
In 1995, “Dangerous” Dave won the Florida Golden Gloves Boxing championship in the middleweight division. He fought 30 fights in his amateur boxing career and received a black belt in a record of 18 months. But that has not stopped him from connecting with a student at Palm Beach State College.
Palm Beach State’s Vincent “Mad Dawg” Johnson met Lewter at Elite Boxing, in 2007, when Vincent was in the 8th grade. They became fast friends inside and outside the ring. “He teaches me how to gain confidence in myself and making me a jock in the boxing ring,” said Johnson.
They step in the boxing ring and exchange punches after Dave’s playful trash talk. “I enjoy being the teacher of art and science in boxing,” Lewter said. That friendship inspired Vincent to do a boxing presentation last November, with his classmate Nate Demarco, in Dr. William Paczkowski’s business class.
In his professional boxing debut, Lewter beat Sylvan Plowright with a second round knockout in Miami, Florida. In the next year and a half he racked 16 pro fights. But On May 4, 2000, in Dallas, Texas, he won the WBC Continental Americas middleweight title with a knockout in the ninth round. In his last professional bout, he won with a unanimous decision over Robert Davis. He had an outstanding pro boxing record of 22-4 with 15 knockouts.
“We look like brothers in the ring and I have always admired him,” said Johnson. They will always be like brothers, best friends, teammates, and more importantly, Musketeers in the boxing ring.
It’s All for One and One for All.