Last night on the undercard at the Sport Wales National Centre, Francis Luke Robinson (5-1), son of Welsh legend Steve Robinson, returned to the ring for the first time for 18 months and produced his most polished performance as a professional. The 23-year-old welterweight took on light-middleweight Matthew Ashmole (0-16) who is trained by Dai Gardiner, the man who led Steve Robinson to European and world glory, winning won every stanza, as he should do. Referee Martin Williams scored the bout 40-36. It goes without saying that nobody should enjoy being punched but in the past it has been clear from Robinson’s body language that he was hesitant in taking a chance and it encouraged his opponents to pile on more pressure. However, last night Robinson showed a much more mature approach to avoiding being hit, combining speed and timing with excellent angles on the entrance and exit to exchanges that kept him more than one step ahead. Picking holes in his performance, Robinson could have done more on the inside but he’s a long range boxer and made the most of his sharp skills and superb understanding of distance. Hopefully, Robinson carries his new style into 2014 and remains elbow injury free to step up to six rounds in 2014. Cardiff’s light-welterweight Peter Ashton will be relieved to return to winning ways after beating a game Tom Price on points over four rounds to improve his record to 2-1 with referee Martin Williams scoring the bout 40-37.  Before taking a six year break from boxing, Ashton represented Wales at the 2002 Commonwealth Games where he lost to the eventual gold medalist. The 30-year-old suffered a shock point loss in his second fight and if he was anxious to win, he didn’t show it. The first round was fairly even as Price rushed Ashton and forced him to make mistakes, allowing him to land with overhands, especially the left. From round two onwards, Ashton’s class shone through. Ashton’s a fairly unorthodox counter-puncher and when he gets going, his movement from the waist gives him angles to unlock screw and slip shots that his opponents can’t see coming. Early on, Ashton had started with success to Price’s body and by round four it had emptied a lot of Price’s tank who began to unravel. Much has been made out of London based novice Romeo Romaeo and he had a frustrating night against the rough and tough Krzysztof Rogowski, winning on points via a 40-36 scorecard from referee Reece Carter. 18-year-old super-featherweight Romaeo, who appears to style himself on the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed and Chris Eubank, took his time to enter the ring and he did it with a backflip over the top rope. That set the tone. It was impossible for the substance to match the level of style on show and it was a learning fight for Romaeo who wasn’t able to score his long range missiles as often as he’d have liked. Rogowski, a European Union Championships bronze medalist who won the majority of his near 300 amateur fights, was untidy and uncompromising. The Polish national forced himself on Romaeo more as the bout went on, smothering his opponent and turning the action scrappy. Romaeo was guilty of throwing too many single shots but he did score the cleaner shots throughout and deserve the verdict, Rogowski was worthy of a round himself but it was scored a shutout.

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