Robinson romps to first round KO

Body blow: Andy Robinson lands a fierce shot in his speedy win over John Mason. Picture:

Body blow: Andy Robinson lands a fierce shot in his speedy win over John Mason. Picture:

First published in Local Sport

REDDITCH super-middle weight Andrew Robinson has set his sights on a title fight by the end of the year.

The 28-year-old power puncher continued his progression in the professional ranks with a first round knock-out of Leamington’s John Mason on Friday night.

That was his fourth straight victory since stepping up from the amateur side of the sport.

A one-sided bout lasted two minutes 57 seconds as the Animal’s aggressive start paid off handsomely as he knocked down his opponent three times.

His win at Walsall Town Hall was the first fight on the card of the much anticipated Midlands clash, which ended in Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin out classing Rowley Regis’ Jason Welborn.

Robinson said: “It was pleasing to know I am a more powerful puncher than I realised.

“I came out aggressively and put him out of his stride.

“I got a good punch to the body and he buckled and I smelt blood and went for it.”

Despite heavy snow on Friday, 1,500 boxing fans defied the Arctic conditions to watch one of the biggest nights in Midland boxing for a number of years.

Robinson said: “The fans were great, the fans came out despite the weather and that made the win even better.

“It was fantastic to watch the main fight, it was one of the best I had seen.

“I had trained with both sides in the build-up and Frankie [Gavin] came in to wish me best of luck before my fight.

“It was inspirational to see those guys train and fight and it only spurs me on.”

Robinson has one more four round bout on Saturday, March 9 on the under card of Thomas Costello’s English middleweight clash against Tony Hill in Wolverhampton.

However, he has targeted a shot at the Midlands or British Masters title by the end of the year.

He said: “I feel I am progressing well and that I will improve as long as I listen to my trainers.

“A shot at a title would show far much I have progressed in a short space of time.”

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