D’Animal Target Hattrick

Andrew Robinson aims to be the last man standing in the middleweight division as he carries on casting aspersions toward the prospects.

First comes a keep-busy affair at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham, when BCB Promotions host another Friday fight night on March 24.

It’s the third run-out in the West Midlands for Robinson, who is targeting a hat-trick of straight successes, the first of them also at the H Suite.

After outpointing Konstantin Alexsandrov over four rounds, through a points whitewash (40-36 final score), he scored his first TKO in over three years.

‘D’Animal’ mauled Vaidas Balciauskas until the finish, in the third round, improving his extensive pro record to 28 wins (eight stoppages), eight losses (two TKOs) and two draws.

Robinson is now undertaking his 11th year, as a professional, and is a former Midlands super middleweight champion, before settling at middleweight.

He was born Hay Mills, Birmingham and is now a resident of Redditch, in Worcestershire, with his amateur grounding coming at Dudley’s Lions Boxing Club.

The 38-year-old has long surpassed his amateur experience, which saw 30 bouts and 25 victories, before turning pro in 2012.

He’s also held IBO Continential honours and challenged for the English, British, WBO European and WBC International titles.

Robinson is closing in over 200 rounds competed in a pro ring, as he currently stands at 195, taking into account an early finish last time out.

He said: “I sort of put myself into a training camp, at the start of the year, on the basis that something will come up. This fight gets me active again, so I’m happy to do it.

“I’ve been sparring a lot, which is adding to my attributes and is more ammunition for me. Having Tyler (Denny, English middleweight champion) around is great for that.

“I’ve known him since we were both amateurs, when he was at Old Hill (Boxing Club) and I was at Lions (BC), and we’ve always said that we would never fight each other.

“I’d never want to put myself in a position where we could lose our friendship. I’m proud of what he’s achieved and it’s the repercussions of his hard work.

“People forget that I fought for the English title. As far as I’m concerned, I won that and never got the decision (outpointed by Lee Markham, in 2016).

“He’s packed up now and so have a lot of the others that I’ve boxed before. I’m so glad that I’m still going and I enjoy it. I’ve never turned an opponent down and I never will.

“Hamzah Sheeraz has got the Commonwealth title now, he’s been knocking everyone out and let’s see if he can do that to me. Maybe he doesn’t want to get knocked out himself!

“I got a nice little stoppage last time and I, pretty much, just battered him until he quit. I thought he was going to jump out of the ring! It will be the same this time – a beat-down.”

Tickets for the H Suite bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.

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