ROBINSON REVITALISED AND READY TO RETURN

Francis Luke Robinson (4-1), son of Welsh boxing legend Steve Robinson, admitted that he thought his career may be over before it started but he’s avoided retirement and can’t wait to return. The 22-year-old has been out of action for 18 months following his first career defeat to Tony Pace which started a series of elbow injuries that left Robinson ready to give up on his career. He said, “What happened was, I had a few injuries and I basically stopped boxing. I just got so frustrated with my injuries that I stopped boxing altogether. They were on-going injuries that just caught up with me, I’ve had elbow injuries on and off for a while and it got too much at one point. “I didn’t think I’d box again, no. My heart wasn’t in it either, I just got so frustrated. I’d be back from injury and feel good then it would happen in sparring or happen just on the pads. There would be knocks and it would be gone again.” Thankfully, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ has recovered after undergoing an extensive and intense period of physiotherapy. Robinson will make a comeback in his home city of Cardiff at the Sport Wales National Centre on Friday and ahead of his four rounder against Swansea’s Matthew Ashmole (0-15), he credits his dad’s new gym as the reason for re-finding his fire. He said, “My dad’s got his own gym now and it’s a good atmosphere down there. We’ve got a few good fighters, when I went down there to train again after about six months out, I enjoyed boxing again. “I had little niggles in the beginning but I’ve got them sorted properly and I’ve got the hunger back now. It’s a great atmosphere there and really good to train in. We’re all a big family in our gym. “I’m a different fighter now, my work rate is higher, I’m more mature and I think more as a fighter. I’m hitting harder and I’ve changed my style slightly, it’s suited me. I’m more aggressive now and that’s what I needed to change.” Robinson senior won Welsh, European and world titles in a 51 fight career that included 17 losses. He demonstrated that losses don’t define a boxer and it’s attitude that Robinson junior has also adopted. He said, “My dad had a lot of losses, some of them were robberies but he came back stronger. Before he won his world title, he lost nine times but he always came back a better boxer. That’s my mentality too but with the injuries I haven’t had the chance to do that. Now I can bounce back and I can’t wait. “I hope to be busy now, fingers crossed I come through this okay and I want to be fighting again soon, that’s my aim now. After this fight, I hope to step up to six rounders and I need it.”  

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