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Andrew Robinson – Journey to the IBO Title

Andrew Robinson

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Fighting out of Redditch, Andrew Robinson was 27 years of age when on 22 June 2012, under the bright lights of the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, he made his pro career debut.

He fought Walsall’s 31 year old middleweight southpaw, Bobby Wood who was by that time a very seasoned fighter, making his 22nd professional appearance. The fight was scheduled for six rounds at light heavyweight and it went all the way with Robinson eventually winning the contest on points.

His next outing took him to Birmingham where he was up against another southpaw and elder man but this time one making his debut, Vaclav Skromach. And this time at Super Middleweight.

Robinson stopped Skromach in the final round of their bristling four round encounter. He stayed at super middleweight for his next three bouts and followed his win over Skromach with a run of eye-catching victories against Dan Phelps (pts), John Mason (first round stoppage), and Kiril Psonko (pts) before heading to Dudley where he carved out a points win against Jody Meikle at the light heavyweight class.

Back at supermiddleweight for his next fight six fights Robinson beat Gilson De Jesus (pts). Kieron Gray (pts), Mark Till (pts), Luke Allon (5th round stoppage), Harry Matthews (pts), and Dan Blackwell (pts) before again switching to light heavyweight to stop Elvis Dube in the final round of their six round contest and stretch his unbeaten run to what was now, over two years long.

Robinson’s impressive win streak set him up nicely for his first Title challenge, a Box Nation televised clash for the vacant WBO European Super Middleweight title at London’s Excel Arena against the big hitting and undefeated, Frank Buglioni.

Despite an impressive and determined showing, and catching Buglioni with good shots in the first, fourth, ninth and tenth rounds particularly, Robinson, having been dropped at the end of the seventh and troubled again in the eighth, suffered his first defeat.

Robinson, also known since his amateur boxing days as ‘D’Animal’ bounced back with a points win at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall over Christian Hoskin Gomez, which set him up nicely for his next fight, a Title clash for the Midlands Area Super Middleweight Title against Prince Davis.

The Redditch fighter came out on top, stopping Davis in the 9th round and then went on to  win his next three fights before hitting a poor run where he lost in a split decision against Sam Sheedy and then by unanimous decision to Lee Markham. But quickly getting back on track he gained a draw when he fought Yorkshire’s Adam Jones and then in his following two fights, grabbed two more points wins over Josef Obeslo and the highly active and experienced Sussex born super middleweight, Lewis van Poetsch.

This led to his dream opportunity and a chance to fight at the Genting Arena on the Now or Never fight card where he co-headlined the night in his bout against the tough and highly rated middleweight southpaw, Brighton’s Nicky Jenman.

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Andrew Robinson challenged Nicky Jenman for the IBO Continental Middleweight Title at the Genting Arena. (image: p.media.live)

In the days leading up to the fight BCB Promotions ran a poll on social media giving fight fans an opportunity to predict the outcome. Of those cast, 67% of the vote went in favour of a KO win for Robinson.

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Jenman vs. Robinson

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On the night the fight itself didn’t play out according to that script with Jenman putting in a tough, determined shift that some of his fans thought was enough to earn him the win. However, the judges saw it differently and scored it a majority decision for Robinson, who fought on the front foot for most of the bout – coming through a tight contest in which, for the most part and courtesy of a higher work rate and some classier, more effective fight tactics, he’d arguably held the slight upper-hand.

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At the conclusion, on realising that he’d just fulfilled his ambition of being crowned the IBO Champion the likeable Redditch boxer almost gave way to some real emotion. As he fell to his knees and looked up to the skies it was clear how much winning the title had meant to him and it was on the verge of tears that he acknowledged his defeated opponent and celebrated his new status amongst boxing’s cream of the crop.

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“And the new…” (image: p.media.live)

It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if Jenman called for a rematch, and if he does and if he gets it, the new Champion will probably need a more convincing performance to put this rivalry to bed once and for all. But in the meantime Andrew Robinson has every good reason to enjoy the moment content in the fact that on 24 March 2018 he did enough to once again, proudly write his name into the history books.

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Kash Ali vs David Howe, as it happened.

Kash Ali vs David Howe

Date: 24 March 2018

Venue: The Genting Arena

Event: Now or Never (BCB Promotions)

Referee: Kevin Parker


Preamble

Kash Ali makes a welcome return to the ring after a 17 month lay off. The 26 year old Birmingham heavyweight boasts an impressive 11 win record that includes victories over the likes of Paul Butlin, Kamil Sokolowski and in his last fight in 2016, Hari Miles. Despite the lay off  Ali is in a good place mentally leading up to the fight pointing to his sparring sessions with Dillian Whyte and the good shape that he felt he was in as plus factors.

David Howe brings his big 6ft 8in frame and hopes of restoring what began as a promising pro career into this title bout. Having already challenged unsuccessfully for the Central Area Heavy Title in 2016 the Sheffield fighter , who seems to have lost his way a little since his defeat to Imantas Davidaitis back in 2013, certainly has the punch power to trouble Ali tonight but with just three wins in his last eight fights, may well be short on confidence and self belief.

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Dan Mole of BCB Promotions has this to say ahead of the fight! “No disrespect to David but I don’t see it close at all. I know Kash has been out of the ring for quite some time but he’s a bit of a banger. We all know that David’s a little bit chinny so if you wanna put some money on it’s Kash Ali inside the distance early, for me.”


19:53

Both fighters are in the ring! There’s a massive crowd at the Genting Arena and a great atmosphere. The unbeaten Birmingham fighter looks focused and up for it in his black Tysonesque shorts. The more experienced Howe wears white with a camo knee-length cut and lime trim. As MC Ben Walters commences his introductions the arena is still echoing to the sounds of Ali’s  ring entrance music – it sounded like one of those wonderful songs by Pakistani music legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – but don’t quote me on that.

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19:55

There’s plenty of debates about pre-fight staredowns. Some say they are pointless and a waste of good energy, others say that it’s a good way of gauging whether or not a fighter is actually intimidated. Some fighters say they can tell what their opponents are thinking when they look into their eyes or if a fighters opts out. Who knows?

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One thing is for sure, Referee Kevin Parker will have to go some to prise these two big guys apart if things get ugly, regardless.


19:56

We are under way! Round One! Ali immediately takes to the centre of the ring and pops out a searching jab to Howe’s midriff. Howe responds with a few jabs of his own as he circles his opponent. There’s nothing landing cleanly as they feel each other out but Howe immediately looks the more cautious of the two. The first telling blow lands; a sweeping right hook to Howe’s body which, though clearly a scoring shot, he barely seems to notice.

Moments later Ali scores to the head with another fast jab which he follows up with a nice body shot. Howe responds by holding and trying to smother Ali’s work but it doesn’t stop him getting clipped by a perky looking right that catches him on the temple. The tone for this is already being set with Ali as the aggressor and Howe just looking to stay out of harm’s way.

As the round is progressing the Sheffield fighter is throwing out the occasional jab but his punches appear to lack real purpose and intent.

Howe vs. Ali

In comparison Ali closes out the round with some meaty looking head and body shots which, as well as making a big statement, draws eager cheers from his mass of supporters.

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19:59

Seconds out – Round Two! Ali holds up for a high five and the boxers touch gloves as once again the Birmingham fighter quickly grabs control of the ring centre. Howe starts this round looking a little more enthused as he pops out a double jab that Ali parries away with his forearms.

Ali ducks under a loose looking jab then throws a left-right combination, the first of which finds Howe’s chin and the second of which bounces off Howe’s temple. Ali then lands with a sharp uppercut but it looked like Howe was already on his way down as the punch landed and with his opponent standing over him the Sheffield man hits the deck.

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Howe vs. Ali

Clearly disorientated and clambering slowly back to his feet Howe appears to be in all sorts of trouble. Kevin Parker waves off the fight before Howe can assume anywhere near an upright position whilst the new Central Area Heavyweight Champion takes to his hands and knees in the neutral corner.

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20:03

Its all over. And the new Central Area Heavyweight Champion is Kash Ali.

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Kevin Williams vs. Matt Sen – Genting Arena 24 Mar 18

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Tommy Loach, MJ Hall battle to a draw

On a night of great boxing action at the Genting Arena on March 24, unbeaten welterweight Tommy Loach earned himself a draw when he took on Brierley Hill’s gritty southpaw MJ Hall. 

In a gruelling, rousing four round see-saw affair Loach, who came into the fight no doubt eager to continue  his winning ways,  found a sturdy opponent in Hall who, despite still searching for his first pro win, was as game and as hard as they come.

On looks alone Loach, the West Bromwich born fighter, could easily be mistaken for Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin, but he’s going to have to go some to achieve a similar fight record to the current WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight Champion. This bout will have provided some valuable experience for him and despite not grabbing the win he craved, it was the type of fight that will have done him more good than harm.

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Hall (left) vs Loach at the Genting Arena (image: p.media.live)

Yet to come on the impressive fight card that formed a part of BCB Promotion’s Now or Never edition, were four massive title fights including the IBO Continental Middleweight Title showdown between Andrew Robinson and Nicky Jenman. However, the performances of both Loach and Hall showed that even with no title at stake – fighters, more often than not, come to win fights.

It was an eager and appreciative crowd that applauded both fighters’ efforts when, after the final bell, MC Ben Walters delivered the unsurprising 39-39 verdict.

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Matt Sen vs. Kevin Williams – Result

Birmingham’s Matt Sen took his professional record to 3 wins (3-0-0) with his victory over Kevin Williams on the March 24 edition of BCB’s Now or Never undercard at Genting Arena, Birmingham. 

Sen alias ‘Slugger’ pressed his opponent throughout the fight and gave very little away as he carved out a convincing 40-36 points win.

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Sen (left) emerges victorious after an intriguing 4 round contest. (image: p.media.live)

Williams, perhaps the most fleet-footed of the two was a little unlucky not to come away with more from this intriguing bout which was also the Wiltshire cruiserweight’s pro debut. He gave a good account of himself but couldn’t quite come up with the answers to Sen’s committed, unceasing pressure tactics and searching heavy-handed combinations.

After the bout Sen, whose fighting style caught the eye of and drew positive plaudits from the two time heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon who was in attendance on the night, said,

‘To be honest we had been training for Josh Burke who pulled out a week before fight night due to injury.  We knew nothing about Kevin Williams other than he was making his debut and we heard he was a come forward style fighter, however – he was the complete opposite which resulted in a lot of chasing.”

He added, “I took lots of learning from this fight. Remaining composed and switched on. I’m quite a flamboyant style boxer but didn’t really show much of that so I’ll be bringing a lot more to my next fight.”

 

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Patient Jenman Ready To Take His Chance

Brighton boxer and former Southern Area middleweight title holder, Nicky Jenman, 31, finally gets a long-awaited shot at a big title on BCB Promotions ‘Now Or Never’ Show at the Genting Arena.

Jenman, who turned professional in October 2010 following a  sixteen year spell across the junior and amateur divisions has been  drafted in to replace Craig Cunningham in a battle with home-town  favourite Andrew Robinson.

Robinson, 33, and Jenman will fight it out for the IBO Continental Middleweight title tonight just four weeks after Jenman’s last outing, a point’s win over four rounds against Iain  Jackson.

 “It’s bizarre because two years ago I put a status (on Facebook  after his Southern Area victory) saying what a dream it would be to  challenge for and even win an IBO title,” he said.

 “Now look what’s happened and I really can’t wait.

 “I’m hungry for it and it is what I have been waiting for; no amount of  money can take this away from me.

 “It’s like, when I turned pro over six years ago, I said to my dad that  I wanted to be able to fight for the Area title, that was the dream, not win it, just to challenge for it.

 “Then they introduced the Masters and Challenge belts, so I went  and won a few of those as well and now it’s the big one, this is like  my world title. However, I know that, if I win this, then it opens up a  lot of options for me.”

Opposing Robinson is a challenge for Jenman but one he feels is winnable.

Having sparred with Chris Eubank Jnr in the past, and opposed the  likes of Jack Arnfield, Max Maxwell, Tommy Langford, Grant Dennis,  Tom Stokes, all with strong, winning records, then the South Coast  southpaw has enough tools in his locker to take care of business.

 “Don’t get me wrong, this kid is tough,” added Jenman.

 “But, I’ve had a few messages of support off Frankie Gavin and my work rate and fitness is through the roof.

 “I know that, going in there in a few weeks’ time, I have to be an annoying, busy bee, frustrate him, and not stand there and trade  punches with him.

 “If I do that, then I believe I can win this.”

 Craig Morris defends his IBO Continental Welterweight Title against Andy Keates at the top of the bill.

 Two Area Titles are also on the line as Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams takes on Nottingham’s Jordan turner for the Midlands Area Bantamweight strap and Birmingham’s Kash Ali steps in with Sheffield’s David Howe for the Central Area Heavyweight crown.

A whole host of local prospects – Kelcie Ball, Tommy Ghent, Mussab Abubaker, Tommy Ghent and Tommy Loach – also feature.

 Tickets are available from the ticketfactory.com, or the boxers direct, priced at £40, £60, £100 or £150.

 Tickets, from £40, are available from theticketfactory.com

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BCB NOW OR NEVER FIGHT CARD ANNOUNCED

Black Country Boxing Promotions has officially announced the full card for its March 24th event in Birmingham. Craig Morris makes the first defence of his IBO Continental Welterweight Title in the main event at the Genting Arena, taking on Andy Keates. 

Morris (9-1-0) will be making his first pro appearance in the Second City and comes up against a fighter in 26 year old Keates (13-7-0) who will see himself as a real contender having claimed the Midlands Area Welterweight Title by beating the highly rated Ryan Fields in his last outing.

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The co-main event features another IBO Continental showdown, this time at Middleweight with Andrew ‘D’Animal’ Robinson facing off against Brighton’s Nicky Jenman.

The complete card can be seen below.

Craig Morris vs. Andy Keates
Andrew Robinson vs. Nicky Jenman
Kyle Williams vs. Jordan Turner
Kash Ali vs. David Howe
Kelcie Ball vs. Jordan Grannum
Tommy Ghent vs. Arvydas Trizno
Moussab Abubaker vs. Paul Cummings
Tommy Loach vs. MJ Hall
Matt Sen vs. Kevin Williams
Shakan Pitters vs. Elvis Dube

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