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Robinson ready for title clash to be ‘scrap’
10:31am Thursday 13th February 2014 in Sport
ANDY Robinson had predicted his British Masters title clash against Doncaster’s Jason Ball will get the fans on their feet.
The 29-year-old from Redditch faces the biggest night of his burgeoning professional career at the Tower Ball Rooms in Birmingham on Saturday, March 22.
After nine professional wins in a row, Robinson faces his toughest test yet in former cage-fighter Ball.
Ball has pulled off shocks before in his have-gloves-will-travel 22-fight career.
He claimed the vacant International Masters Silver middleweight title by handing Gary McCallum his first loss in Glasgow in his last fight.
With Robinson also keen to live up to his warrior tag, Midlands fight fans can look forward to an epic battle.
He said: “I’ve seen some clips of Ball and I won’t have to go looking for him!
“It’s going to be a great fight for the fans. I love to fight. I would stand and fight toe-to-toe in every fight, but I want to show everyone I can box as well.
“The game plan is to box him and not get involved – but I probably will end up having a scrap!”
Robinson came through a hard battle in Wolverhampton last December.
He won every session of his four-rounder with Mark Till, but still had to dig deep.
“I thought I would go out there, have a look at him and try to establish my jab,” said Robinson.
“But he ran at me throwing big punches and I had to switch on straight away.
“I should really have boxed him at distance, but I was enjoying myself standing there having a fight.”
Robinson says if he beats Ball and keeps improving he hopes to challenge for English honours later this year.
He says his major attributes are “a granite chin and my power” – and he’s not lacking toughness, fitness or aggression either. His amateur coaches nicknamed him “DAnimal” and it’s stuck.
“I’ve always had the fight in me,” he said, “ and I used to try to just steamroller everyone.
“But now I’m learning the science of boxing.”
Robinson is a latecomer to professional boxing, having made the step up from the amateur ranks two years ago but he is determined to make up for lost time.
Tickets for the show are available from 07587 531550.