Robinson come through 'war' with Blackwell

First published in Sport

REDDITCH super middleweight Andrew Robinson came through a ferocious battle against Dan Blackwell to maintain his 100 per cent professional record.

The 29-year-old survived a six round barnstormer at Woverhampton Civic Hall to edge out his opponent from Bath on points.

The victory was D’Animal’s 12th straight professional win and certainly impressed the crowd and the people watching the fight across the world.

The bout was on the under card of Frankie Gavin’s European title clash against Leonard Bundu and televised on Box Nation.

He also had to fight through the pain barrier when his left ear swelled up after being caught by Blackwell in the second round.

Robinson said: “This was an incredibly tough fight, Dan Blackwell was in great shape and he took it very seriously.

“He’s a fighter who can be drafted in at short notice but he had a good training camp so he was at 100 per cent.

“It was also incredibly hot, I felt like there was ten rounds of boxing packed into six.

“He caught me with a great right hook and my ear just exploded.

“I couldn’t really hear anything and it hurt a lot but I just gritted my teeth.

“We knew we couldn’t knock out Dan because he’s so tough but I stuck to my game plan and out worked him.

“I think I showed I am a warrior, boxing is my life, it means everything to me and I didn’t leave anything in the ring.

“Boxing has changed my life. I don’t drink, I eat very healthily and I think even though I entered professional boxing later than some others my maturity is a strength. I know how much means to me.”

The eye catching victory also seems to have earned Robinson a host of new fans with messages of support coming from Europe and South Africa.

Robinson had the blood drained out of his ears and some cartilage removed, which will prevent cauliflower ear.

Now the fight is taking a well earned break before his next fight is determined, although it is hoped will be handed a ten round title fight.

He added: “Hopefully something big is next for me.

“I would love a ten round fight and a shot at a title.”

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