A tough test is facing Robinson

First published in Sport

ANDREW Robinson is ready for another step on the path to silverware when he takes on tough customer Dan Blackwell at Wolverhampton Civic this Friday.

The Redditch super middleweight faces his toughest test yet against the Bath-born 21-year-old with an iron chin.

The bout is on under card of the much-anticipated European welter-weight title clash between Birmingham’s Frankie Favin and Leonard Bundu and it will be Robinson’s first opportunity to fight on national television.

Robinson, nicknamed D’Animal, will be aiming to stretch his unbeaten professional record to 12 fights.

But his manager PJ Rowson has predicted an incredibly tough test for Robinson.

He said: “Dan Blackwell is a very tough opponent, they really don’t come much more difficult for Andy.

“It’s a big test for him but he’s got a 11-0 record and each time he has to face harder opponents.

“If you were to look at Dan’s record is doesn’t look that good but he’s as hard as they come.

“He often only fights on the road and only comes up against top-rated guys. Very often he’s unlucky to lose.

“If you hit him with a kitchen sink he’d say ‘thank you very much’.”

Robinson has impressed since turning pro two years ago and the fighter, who trains at Dudley’s Coops Boxing Camp, could be lined-up for a Midlands Area title bout later in the year if he beats Blackwell.

“I’ve spoken to Andy and he says he’s in great shape and the last few sparring sessions have gone very well so he’s ready for another test,” added Rowson.

“If he can get through this we’ve got big plans for him.

“But he’s the under card of a European title fight so night’s like this don’t come any bigger.”

Earlier in the year, Robinson won the British Masters Bronze title by stopping Hull’s Luke Allo in the fifth round. In his last bout, he saw off Harry Matthews.

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