‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, and my Dad and brother will be there. My old man loves boxing, but he gets too nervous watching me - you’ll find him at the back of the hall - he simply cannot watch.’
Rising prospect and current Southern Area super-welterweight champion Sean Robinson spoke to BBN ahead of his Ultimate Boxxer challenge on September 20 at The Indigo at The O2 in London:
Height: 5ft 11ins
In a nutshell
Ruislip-born Sean Robinson comes into UB5 with a win over fellow contender Joshua Ejakpovi to his name, and is the current Southern Area Champion. His quick hand speed will cause opponents problems, and is unbeaten in 10 professional fights with his one draw coming last time out against John Brennan. To escape his boxing life, the 23-year-old takes himself off to Loftus Road to watch Queens Park Rangers.
How long have you been boxing?
I was seven-years-old, so just about 16 years now. I reached two national finals, one schoolboy final and one NABC Final. Then I suffered a scapula injury that put me out of action for nearly a year. Came back, had one senior fight, and turned pro at age 20 in 2016 after 47 amateur fights, winning 29.
What got you into the sport?
My Dad was a huge boxing fan, and after initially taking part in Karate with my brother (Luke) we gave boxing a go because we were put off by the kicking element of the sport. The first few times we went, we only ever did speed and footwork drills, but I was hooked by it, especially the skipping.
Why Ultimate Boxxer?
The format will work in my favour - when I have 10 rounds, I know I need to pace myself, but over three rounds I can just let my hands go. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me. My speed is undoubtedly a strength, hand speed and also footwork. Always working on landing punches, and avoiding getting hit. A go forward counter punches who presses opponents and looks for openings.
Why should we make you the favourite for the UB5 Golden Robe?
Simple really - I’m going to be fit and sharp come fight night and when I’m at my best mentally and physically I feel I can beat anyone.
When you’re training, what’s on the music playlist?
Everything from Oasis and Liam Gallagher.
Who is your favourite sports team, or individual athlete outside of boxing?
Queens Park Rangers, I’m a regular attendee at Loftus Road.
Who is your favourite fighter?
I would have to say Pernell Whitaker - I enjoyed how slick he was, and the way he would make his opponents miss him. That’s the sort of fighter I admire.
What would be your dream fight, if we could transform your weight, height, or put you in a time machine?
It would have to be against the Greatest of all Time, Mohammad Ali, when he was at his peak - he’s obviously remembered as a great boxer, but as a person too, so it would be incredible to test myself against him.