A lot of boxers talk about facing adversity. Few can match the tribulations Tony “Lightning” Luis has seen in his 29 years. Standing five-feet, seven inches, Tony has breezed through opponents with 25 wins against only three losses in his professional career.
But it’s the battle outside the ring that has positioned the Cornwall, Ontario boxer into the championship fighter Liveco Boxing foresees.
As a teenager, Tony narrowly missed making the Canadian Olympic team headed for Beijing in 2007. Missing out on the Olympics put him in a funk that could have derailed his career.
After the 2007 loss because of a scoring malfunction, he wanted to back away from the sport. But his mother had given him a letter telling him not to waste his talent. Tony refocused and decided to turn pro. In May of 2008 he fought his first professional bout against David Aguirre of Mexico. Tony won with a unanimous decision. Five months later and following another win, Tony would lose his mother unexpectedly to a brain aneurism. Tony was scheduled to fight Mario Andrade in 11 days. Even though he was grieving, he was pulled to the ring. He knew that his mother would want him to fight. Just days after burying her, Tony beat Andrade unanimously.
Tony would keep on winning.
In 2015, Tony beat undefeated lightweight Karl Dargan with 7-1 odds stacked against him. But, his next fight, a controversial loss to Derry Matthews three months later hardened Luis and propelled him to five straight wins, including a dominant 10-round dismantling of undefeated Cam O’Connell (15-0 10 KO’s) in June 2017 to capture the NABA Lightweight Title. On Oct 14, 2017, Luis successfully defended his NABA Lightweight crown for the first time with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Giovanni Straffon of Mexico.
Along the way he also earned his college diploma in police foundations. But he did not want to become a cop and credits his mother with finding his career path outside of boxing. “There’s power in compassion and there’s power in forgiveness. Those are probably the greatest lessons she taught me growing up,” Tony says.
He became a substance abuse counselor at a boys group home, going toe-to-toe with kids he sees reflected in his own darker days. Managed by his father, Jorge, Tony is preparing for his next bout coming soon under a new contract signed with Liveco Boxing.
WBC Continental Americas Junior Welterweight Title
Quebec Lightweight Title
78-26 Record over 104 Amateur Fights
Seven Provincial Championships
Eastern New York Golden Gloves Title
Three National Silver Medals and Two Bronze Medals