Steve Robinson talks about trading punches with Anthony Joshua and his collection of Disney tattoos ahead of heavyweight fight in Newcastle

Steve Robinson tells Sky Sports activities about mimicking Tyson Fury in sparring, discovering his knockout energy, accumulating 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 Area on Saturday, stay on Sky Sports activities.

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 advised that I might 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 gymnasium, simply to get match.

What was your first expertise of novice boxing?

I used to be nonetheless chubby, however I finished the man within the second spherical.

I can simply bear in mind the environment of the place. It was in a social membership and there was in all probability 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 bear in mind the thrill and the adrenaline rush, and I used to be considering, ‘That is what I wish to do, that is the place I must be.’

Robinson is ‘lined in Disney tattoos!’

Are you able to grow to be Newcastle’s boxing hero?

I would prefer 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 imagine in myself.

After I received into the England squad, I gave up work and received sponsored. I’ve misplaced relationships, I have never had a drink in six years. I have been on a stag do, consuming water in Prague.

If I did not imagine in myself and have the folks 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 if you happen to’re doing six rounds of sparring, I will be doing eight. In the event you’re doing 30 push ups, I will be doing 35. I am at all times psychologically considering I am one step forward of whoever I’ll come throughout.

I’ve the flexibility. I am 6’7″. I work nicely on the again foot, I work nicely on the entrance foot, and I do know I hit exhausting. 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.

Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk
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 battle.’ This was earlier than all of it fell by means of, earlier than Usyk.

I went down for 3 days. Anthony and Rob McCracken then had contacted me to say I might be a part of the total camp. However sadly clearly I am not Usyk, I am not a southpaw, 15stone, in order that fell by means of.

However to be advised by Anthony and Rob McCracken that it was a implausible spar and you will be invited to the camp and we actually loved it spurs you on. It was a implausible expertise.

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Sky Sports activities Boxing catches up with Hughie Fury, the cousin of Tyson, as he prepares for his battle this weekend

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 guarantee 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, irrespective of the place I find yourself, I am simply me.

I’ve received Lion King, Little Mermaid, Jungle Guide, Magnificence and the Beast. There might be extra to return!

Steve Robinson
Robinson is unbeaten (through @StevenRobinson_USSR)

And your nickname?

USSR Robinson is my boxing nickname. Mainly each time I went travelling, everybody was identical to, ‘It is Ivan Drago.’

I preserve 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 preserve 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 wanting ahead to it.

Sky Sports activities Boxing schedule

October 16 – High 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 – High Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title

October 31 – High Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 – High 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 – High Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

December 11 – High Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 – High Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

December 18 – High Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title

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