Robinson: Get me Eubank!

Ambitious: Andrew Robinson.

Ambitious: Andrew Robinson.

First published in Sport

REDDITCH super-middleweight Andrew Robinson has set out an ambitious long-term target of taking on Chris Eubank Jr after successfully coming through his final four-round fight.

The 28-year-old Redditch fighter was not at his best but still had more than enough to see off Lithuanian Kirilas Psonko at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday.

The 40-37 points victory ended the first phase of his professional career on a high but now he’s targeted pushing on.

Robinson, who trains under the wing of Shaun Cooper in Brierly Hill, has won all five of his professional bouts and is set for his first six-round fight on Friday, May 3 on the undercard of Steven Pearce’s English title bid at the Venue in Dudley.

“It was a tough fight and Psonko was an unpredictable opponent,” said Robinson.

“He would change styles or throw something in I wasn’t expecting but I stuck to my gameplan.

“In the past I would have gone in guns blazing but this time I used my jab and controlled the fight.

“I think I proved I am more than just someone who can go in and throw punches, I let my head rule my heart and it paid off.”

Psonko asked questions of Robinson during the second round, landing cleanly on at least a couple of occasions.

But Robinson rallied in the third and a powerful left uppercut, the most eye-catching punch of the fight, briefly had Psonko in trouble.

He survived but couldn’t do enough in the fourth to prevent the home fighter taking a points win.

Psonko was also the first professional opponent of Eubank Jr, the son of the flamboyant former two-weight world champion Chris Eubank senior, in 2011 and the ambitious Robinson admits he would love to test himself against one of English boxing’s most high-profile rising stars.

Robinson added: “I would love to fight someone like Chris Eubank Jr, I am hungry to succeed and test myself.

“I think it would needed at least three or four fights before I am ready for that but I know that if I follow the gameplan I can be a handful for anyone.”

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