Jacob Robinson not ruffled by last minute replacement Sean Davis

Jacob Robinson not ruffled by last minute replacement Sean Davis

This article first appeared in the Welsh Boxing Annual 2019-2020. Click here to buy on Amazon.

By Dewi Powell: Cardiff’s featherweight Jacob Robinson (7-0, 2KO) earned every round to fend off Sean Davis (14-7) and end a week of last-minute chopping and changing.

Originally, Robinson was supposed to fight in his home city on the Priority Boxing show a fortnight earlier. However, the matchmakers came up short and his management team MTK Global stepped in to ensure a training camp wouldn’t go to waste. They matched Robinson with Sheffield’s Razaq Najib and they were due to meet on the undercard of the Golden Contract tournament. However, Najib was called up as a replacement for the tournament, which included seven other quality operators. A lucrative deal waited for whoever prevailed through the competition’s three stages.

Robinson was then matched with Davis, who accepted the fight on 24 hours’ notice. Davis marked a significant step up for Robinson and boasted an English title in his trophy cabinet, albeit coming at the lower division of super-bantamweight. Robinson’s maiden eight rounder was scored 80-72 by referee Jeff Hinds and streamed on Sky Sports’ social media channels.

‘Baby Jake’ smoothly eased into action by tentatively edging closer. He tried to activate a response from Davies but any chances to counter and capitalise were few and far between in the following rounds. Robinson remained in his lower gears for the most part and the pace didn’t accelerate far beyond the speed limit.

A steady stream of singles landed for Robinson, enough to win every round from the safety of his comfort zone. Davis appeared content to go the distance – an approach possibly justified by his acceptance of the fight on just 24 hours’ notice. Matt Macklin, as part of the Sky Sports commentary team, was forthright in his analysis. The world title challenger spotted areas for Robinson to work on, though remained constructive with his criticism.

“Robinson is always in control but I’d like to see a little bit more adventure, more combinations,” Macklin summarised during the final round. “It’s a fight that’s never really caught fire. Robinson has always been in control, he’s comfortable. Davis seems happy enough to play his part and get through the rounds; he’s taken it at short notice.

“As the house fighter and prospect, the onus is on Robinson really to make the fight, take the initiative and take the fight to Davis. Davis will be happy when he hears the final bell, he’ll think [the] job [is] done.

“I don’t want to be too critical of Robinson. He’s only had six fights and it’s an eight rounder, Davis is certainly an experienced opponent. So, he [Robinson] is probably happy just to bag the eight rounds and get the experience but moving forward, this is something they’ll want to look back on and think about putting the foot to the floor a bit quicker.”

It was worth noting that Robinson only had 22 amateur fights and this was his first professional fight outside of his home country. There was plenty of experience still to gain.

This article first appeared in the Welsh Boxing Annual 2019-2020. Click here to buy on Amazon.

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