Steve Robinson tells Sky Sports activities about mimicking Tyson Fury in sparring, discovering his knockout energy, gathering Disney tattoos and his resemblance to ‘Ivan Drago’.
Newcastle’s very personal heavyweight contender goals to ship an explosive victory for his hometown followers when he seems on the Hughie Fury vs Christian Hammer invoice at Utilita Enviornment on Saturday, reside on Sky Sports activities.
Robinson has already traded punches with Anthony Joshua and the 6’7″ powerhouse now intends to make affect on his British rivals…
You had an uncommon begin to boxing?
I performed skilled soccer, up till six years in the past. I used to be over in Hong Kong with South China. I then had an ankle harm and was instructed that I’d by no means play soccer once more.
After I snapped the ligaments in my ankle, I took 12 months off, and I went as much as 133kgs. I got here house and joined the native fitness center, simply to get match.
What was your first expertise of novice boxing?
I used to be nonetheless chubby, however I ended the man within the second spherical.
I can simply keep in mind the ambiance of the place. It was in a social membership and there was most likely about 150 there, however being there, it felt like I used to be strolling out in entrance of 52,000 at St James’ Park.
I keep in mind the thrill and the adrenaline rush, and I used to be considering, ‘That is what I need to do, that is the place I have to be.’
Are you able to change into Newcastle’s boxing hero?
I would wish to hope so. I would not be doing it, I would not have given up every little thing that I’ve given up, if I did not consider in myself.
After I acquired into the England squad, I gave up work and acquired sponsored. I’ve misplaced relationships, I have never had a drink in six years. I have been on a stag do, ingesting water in Prague.
If I did not consider in myself and have the individuals round me who believed in me, I would not be within the sport.
What units you other than different heavyweights?
Am I probably the most technically gifted heavyweight on the market? No. However I can assure when you’re doing six rounds of sparring, I will be doing eight. In case you’re doing 30 push ups, I will be doing 35. I am all the time psychologically considering I am one step forward of whoever I will come throughout.
I’ve the power. I am 6’7″. I work effectively on the again foot, I work effectively on the entrance foot, and I do know I hit arduous. I’ve seen it in sparring. I do know if I land, you are going to sleep.
If you are going to attempt to put me to sleep, I’ve by no means been down but. That is in sparring, that is in preventing.
When did you share the ring with Anthony Joshua?
His cousin contacted me [about sparring] on social media and he mentioned, ‘We’re coming as much as the Fury battle.’ This was earlier than all of it fell by, earlier than Usyk.
I went down for 3 days. Anthony and Rob McCracken then had contacted me to say I will likely be a part of the complete camp. However sadly clearly I am not Usyk, I am not a southpaw, 15stone, in order that fell by.
However to be instructed by Anthony and Rob McCracken that it was a improbable spar and you will be invited to the camp and we actually loved it spurs you on. It was a improbable expertise.
What are your title ambitions?
Inside 18 months, I need an English title or an interim title. Inside two years, I need that British. If not two years, I need it earlier.
Solely I can throw this away and I will be sure that I will not do it. The faster I can get on the market, the faster I can showcase what I am about, the faster I can get these title fights.
Are you able to clarify your tattoos?
I am lined in Disney tattoos. I am simply me. Nothing will ever change, regardless of the place I find yourself, I am simply me.
I’ve acquired Lion King, Little Mermaid, Jungle Guide, Magnificence and the Beast. There will likely be extra to return!
And your nickname?
USSR Robinson is my boxing nickname. Mainly every time I went travelling, everybody was identical to, ‘It is Ivan Drago.’
I maintain asking my Mum, ‘What is going on on?’ I look nothing like my Dad, I look nothing like my Mum.
Dolph Lundgren must get in contact as a result of he owes me some birthday presents and Christmas presents. I maintain reaching him out to him, however he needs nothing to do with it.
I will be in Expendables 24 and Quick and the Livid 42 by the point I retire. I am trying ahead to it.
Sky Sports activities Boxing schedule
October 16 – Prime Rank in San Diego
Emanuel Navarette vs Joet Gonzalez – WBO featherweight title
October 16 – BOXXER in Newcastle
Savannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya – WBO middleweight title
Hughie Fury vs Christian Hammer
Chris Eubank Jr vs Wanik Awidjan
October 24 – Prime Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
October 31 – Prime Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – Prime Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois skilled debut
November 20 – Prime Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – Prime Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – Prime Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
December 18 – Prime Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title