Louis 'Razor' Robinson

Boxing is a gamble in every sense.  Inside the ring your health, your wellbeing are being risked each time you make your ring walk.  Outside the ring a balance has to be struck, especially at the start of a career.  What percentage of your life do you dedicate to the sport, invest in yourself, to try and make ends meet while still attaining the goals you have set.

For Louis ‘Razor’ Robinson, it is 100% all in.  “I’m a painter and decorator by trade and the last few years I have worked all over the country, but I just thought there must be more to life than this!” says Robinson.  “Everyone was saying I had a talent and shouldn’t let it go to waste, so I gave it all up.  I had various contracts on the go but I needed to concentrate on my boxing.  I don’t want to be like some fighters, a heavyweight with a 9-5 job; if I’m in this then I want to be in it properly and train three times a day and be known.”

The talent Louis talks about has been nurtured over a long tutelage in the sport, but not one that goes down the traditional route of multiple amateur bouts as he explains:

“I never had an amateur fight.  I used to go down the club from about the age of eight and do some training.  I stuck at it for a few years, but being a kid you get bored and do other things.  I went back to boxing and it carried on like that, a bit back and forth.  When my mum and dad split up I moved in with my mum and couldn’t go down the boxing club any more, then when I was about 18 I started to train again.  It was mainly for training with a bit of sparring, but I still wasn’t fighting.  Then I hit about 22 I started to train properly and had a few white collar bouts.  I know it’s only white collar, and some of the standard is embarrassing, but you do get some decent boxers in there who stand out.  Every fight I had I won and I sparred a couple of pros too.  Even doing that I thought ‘I’m above these people, what am I doing not taking it seriously?’ – so I had to make a change.”

The training regime is about to step up a level.  Before Robinson has even made his professional debut, he has made a clever strategic move of linking up with Asif Vali as his Manager.  Vali is a man who has strong connections to the Fury camp, a relationship that Robinson is keen to build upon.  “I’m going up in January as Peter (Fury) is in France at the minute.  He said as soon as he’s back I can go and train with them and spar with the lads, which will be a brilliant experience for me obviously and I’ll learn a lot.  My style is similar to Hughie’s, so I think that will be decent.  Instead of going in and swinging straight away I prefer to get in there and box.”

The date for Robinson’s professional debut is still unknown, although Vali has told him it will be around March time.  It has meant that training over Christmas has been a necessity and it puts him on a good standing for the start of 2017, when he has some top class work lined up.  “I’m training at my local amateur gym, ticking over and getting my fitness up.  In January I’m going up to train with the Fury camp, and David Allen also said I can go and do some training with him.  I speak to him quite a bit and he’s a good lad.  I would love to impress Peter (Fury) and get him as my Trainer full time!  I’ve been chatting with Nathan Gorman, who is fast for a heavyweight and a good talent, and we’re looking to arrange some sparring too in January.  It’ll be a good month for training.”

There was some spare time over the festive period for Robinson to unwind though.  Unlike many boxers that will have taken the opportunity to indulge in out of camp eating and drinking, he utilised his time in a very different manner.  “Me and my brother went and handed out some goodies my mum put together for a few homeless people and spent some time with a guy around the corner who has learning difficulties.  We can’t all be blessed to have someone around.”
It’s a very mature and caring act from the 27 year old.  Turning over professional later than most perhaps gives him an advantage of being a more rounded individual, having more life sense.  It is evident in the team he is putting together around him.  As well as the experienced Vali managing his career he has PR teams set up in Tim Rickson and JFB Sports, a wise move as both can make significant progress in supporting his career.  Having a strong team to handle matters out of the ring means that Robinson can focus on his part of the deal; delivering inside the ropes.  His aspirations are high in the sport and in finding success, Robinson is looking to emulate the style of one of his heroes:

“I don’t want to do this to become a journeyman who earns a few quid here and there.  I truly believe in my ability, I’m 6 foot 6 and currently walking around at 19 stone but as soon as I’m in training properly I’ll be around 17 stone.  The way I move though, it’s like looking at a middleweight.  I work on my movement a lot; I like to be like my favourite fight, Joe Calzaghe, and everyone knows what style he had, fast and throws punches in flurries.  Speed kills.  You don’t really see heavyweights who are fast and throw punches in flurries, getting in and out.  That’s how I like to box.”

He identifies a weakness within the current boxing scene at his weight division, stating “there are too many heavyweights now who literally can’t box, they’re more brawlers”.  The slick style that he has been working on could be the antidote to such methods and it is why now, he feels the need to commit to the sport.  “It’s embarrassing to watch.  At British level I look at it and think it’s time I step this up.  That’s why I’ve put all my eggs into one basket, to do this properly.”

Robinson is aiming to have a minimum of four fights under his belt by the end of 2017 before looking at routes to major domestic honours.  “In the next 18 months I want to be challenging for the British title and Asif says that we can work towards that and I truly believe I will win it” he tells me.  “Obviously Dillian Whyte has it now and by the time I’m there he’ll be moving on to world stage, but the people that are coming up now I believe I school those people.”
It is this confidence that has made him noticed on social media.  His Twitter profile is ever growing and he isn’t quiet in naming names when it comes to fights he would be interested.  Is the social media campaign a ploy at this stage or a genuine sign of his personality?  “I was told by someone who has made a bit of noise this year to say what I like and don’t worry if it annoys people, just to make myself known.  If that’s what it takes to get my name out there more then that’s what I’ll do.  The reason behind it though, I look at these people and know that even as I am now I would beat these people.  Add in then a training camp with Peter Fury and it’s different level.”

There is no doubt that Robinson has the confidence to carry himself through his career.  As fans, we are yet to see what tools he will bring to the ring with him, but in giving himself such a professional setup and committing to his own success from the start can only be positive in his push for titles.  The heavyweight division has some exciting prospects rising through the ranks, with the likes of Dominic Akinlade and Nathan Gorman colliding in early 2017.  By the end of the year, Robinson hopes to have his name amongst them.    

Robinson wished to pass his thanks on to sponsors Rokkar Watches (www.rokkarwatches.co.uk) who he is thankful to for their support through his training and preparations.