Punch Up Promotions Fight Night 8 is just 10 days away and stepping in to compete in the professional main event is John Robinson.
On the night John takes on Lee Stevens in a highly anticipated match up and one which should provide a great end, to what is going to be a fantastic night in Wolverhampton.
John is ready for the test and to carry on his impressive form inside the cage and he took the time out to speak with me ahead of his match up.
Thanks for your time John. I wanted to start by looking ahead to Punch Up Promotions Fight Night 8, where you step in to compete in the main event. How much are you looking forward to being the main attraction on the night?
“I’m really looking forward to being the main event on the show. It is going to be a great fight and definitely worthy of a main event”.
I know Punch Up promotions are people you are familiar with. Whats it like to compete on their shows?
“I fought on Punch Up for the first time late last year. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I had never been to one of their shows before. It was a great show, really well run and a pleasure to be fighting there again”.
You step in as a late replacement to compete on the night. Do you feel like this good be a blessing for you as it wont give your opponent much chance to research you as they would have been focused on someone else.
“I think it kind of works both ways. We both wont have the time to look into each other much. That being said I don’t look into my opponents too much. I like to focus more on what I am going to do”.
How much do you know about your opponent and what type of battle are you expecting?
“I know of Lee from when I was an amateur. I know he is a tough lad with some good hands”.
Do you think that he will provide the toughest test of your career so far?
“I think Lee is definitely a tough test. Whether or not he is the toughest is yet to be seen but I am definitely not taking it lightly”.
Where do you see yourself the strongest?
“I believe I am the strongest in all areas regardless of who I fight. I believe I am one of the most well rounded guys out there so I never go in with an aim to just wrestle or strike. I just go in, do what I do and adapt to the situation”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?
“Obviously I have taken this fight on quite short notice so I may not get the full crowd but the support means a great deal to me. It’s always nice having a cheering section”.
You competed on the last punch up show in November, getting the third round sub. What did you take from that bout?
“I learned that Sarfraz was one long ass dude. Took me a little while to gauge that distance but got there in the end”.
Looking back over your time as an amateur and now starting as a pro, what are some of the bigger things you have taken?
“Always aim to train with high level guys and to train smart”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would like to thank my new team at AVT in West Yorkshire great gym and great bunch of guys. Also bad company muay thai gym. Been training there a lot too with the guys and definitely feel improvements in that aspect of my game. Combat and Exercise which was the main base in which my training was for a long time. Also I would like to thank my girlfriend Nicola Kaye the current ISKA European Champion for the morning pad sessions!”