Steve Robinson tells Sky Sports 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 Arena on Saturday, stay on Sky Sports.
Robinson has already traded punches with Anthony Joshua and the 6’7″ powerhouse now intends to make impression 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 damage and was instructed that I’d by no means play soccer once more.
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When I snapped the ligaments in my ankle, I took 12 months off, and I went as much as 133kgs. I got here dwelling and joined the native fitness center, simply to get match.
What was your first expertise of beginner boxing?
I used to be nonetheless chubby, however I finished the man in 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, ‘This is what I wish to do, that is the place I have to be.’
Robinson is 'coated in Disney tattoos!'
Can you grow to be Newcastle’s boxing hero?
I’d wish to hope so. I would not be doing it, I would not have given up all the pieces that I’ve given up, if I did not imagine in myself.
When I obtained into the England squad, I gave up work and obtained sponsored. I’ve misplaced relationships, I have not had a drink in six years. I’ve been on a stag do, ingesting water in Prague.
If I did not imagine in myself and have the folks round me who believed in me, I would not be in the game.
What units you aside from different heavyweights?
Am I probably the most technically gifted heavyweight on the market? No. But I can assure if you happen to’re doing six rounds of sparring, I’ll be doing eight. If you are doing 30 push ups, I’ll be doing 35. I’m at all times psychologically considering I’m one step ahead of whoever I’m going to return throughout.
I’ve the power. I’m 6’7″. I work properly on the again foot, I work properly on the entrance foot, and I do know I hit onerous. 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’s in sparring, that is in combating.
Joshua gave Robinson essential recommendation
When did you share the ring with Anthony Joshua?
His cousin contacted me [about sparring] on social media and he stated, ‘We’re coming as much as the Fury fight.’ 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 half of the complete camp. But sadly clearly I’m not Usyk, I’m not a southpaw, 15stone, in order that fell by.
But to be instructed by Anthony and Rob McCracken that it was a unbelievable spar and you will be invited to the camp and we actually loved it spurs you on. It was a unbelievable expertise.
Sky Sports Boxing catches up with Hughie Fury, the cousin of Tyson, as he prepares for his fight this weekend
What are your title ambitions?
Within 18 months, I would like an English title or an interim title. Within two years, I would like that British. If not two years, I would like it earlier.
Only I can throw this away and I’ll ensure that I will not do it. The faster I can get on the market, the faster I can showcase what I’m about, the faster I can get these title fights.
Can you clarify your tattoos?
I’m coated in Disney tattoos. I’m simply me. Nothing will ever change, irrespective of the place I find yourself, I’m simply me.
I’ve obtained Lion King, Little Mermaid, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast. There will likely be extra to return!
Robinson is unbeaten (by way of @StevenRobinson_USSR)
And your nickname?
USSR Robinson is my boxing nickname. Basically each time I went travelling, everybody was identical to, ‘It’s Ivan Drago.’
I preserve asking my Mum, ‘What’s occurring?’ 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 preserve reaching him out to him, however he desires nothing to do with it.
I’ll be in Expendables 24 and Fast and the Furious 42 by the point I retire. I’m trying ahead to it.
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
October 16 – Top 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 – Top Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – Top 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 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
December 18 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title