Louis ‘Razor’ Robinson: Chasing A Dream
By Will Lott
Louis ‘Razor’ Robinson is a towering 6 foot plus heavyweight set to make his pro debut in March 2021.
As with many fighters, he was introduced to the sport at a young age but never fully committed to the sport until he turned 18:
“I used to go down the club as a little lad. My dad used to box, he’d join the sparring sessions. I enjoyed doing the training but I wasn’t dedicated enough to compete back then. It wasn’t really until I was about 18 that I started taking it a bit more seriously.”
Robinson had 13 unlicensed fights, winning them all before turning pro at the back end of 2017:
“I turned pro with Asif Vali who worked well with Amir Khan from the amateurs into the pro game. Then for whatever reason they fell out. I was meant to make my pro debut. However, I ended up going to jail.”
The budding professional was sentenced to six years in jail in late 2017 for wounding with intent. Having attended a family barbecue in 2016, Robinson and his younger cousin were confronted by a group of people on their walk back into Droitwich Spa.
Robinson let his hands go after being threatened and spent the next year on bail.
“I moved up to Bolton to turn pro. I was training up there, meant to make my debut on a Kieran Farrell show before the plug was pulled. I was then meant to make my debut in September but I was sent down in the August.”
Initially planning on a self-defence plea, the opportunity was taken from Robinson on the day of his trial and he was told if he was found guilty by the jury he could be facing 12 years as a minimum sentence. Robinson pleaded guilty and was given a six year sentence.
However, Robinson does hold some regret.
“I truly believe if I did go to trial and got my point across, the jury would have seen my side and realised I didn’t do it for no reason.”
Talking about his time in prison, Robinson did find time to train:
“I went from court to our local category B jail for a week. I went to Featherstone prison for a couple of days which is a category C jail. There was a lad who got refused parole on my wing and he ended up rioting. He started throwing water at the officers who left the wing and it was a free for all. Others joined and started smashing things. I then got sent to Hull.
“I didn’t really train for a while but once I found my feet I started again. I got my hands on some pads and started taking people on the pads. There weren’t many to hold the pads for me until I went to another jail in Derbyshire where I met a lad who is a pro himself. From Christmas last year, we just trained. We went into lockdown while I was in jail and I just spent the time training.”
Robinson was released in August of this year and headed straight to the local gym. With a new trainer the sky looks the limit ahead of his debut next year:
“I’m being trained by Asgar Tair who has very good connections and has been in the corner for seven world title fights including Josh Taylor and Martin Murray. He’s worked alongside Mark Tibbs and Ben Davison. I’ve probably learnt more in four weeks of working with him than my entire boxing IQ put together.”
At 31, Robinson is older than he would have wished to be but has said he is in fantastic shape and still ambitious and determined to win titles.
“I believe I could box until I’m 40. I’m fresh, young mentally and you only have to see clips of me spar and look at my footwork and timing to see that with the best camp behind me you will see how sharp I really am.”
With his debut still to be determined, Robinson hopes to announce himself to the boxing world in March:
“I’d like to get five bouts minimum under the belt. Some people might read this and think I haven’t got a chance now but I truly believe in 18 to 20 months I want to be fighting for a British title and I believe at domestic level I can achieve it.
“It’s down to me now. I have the right people around me and in a way the stint in jail has helped. When I turned pro I thought I was the finished article but that was naïve and now I realise I need to listen and learn.”
Before his debut Robinson has been afforded the opportunity to travel to Ipswich and spar Fabio Wardley whose career is beginning to take off:
“I’ll happily go there and spar and learn from him.”
With Wardley’s career trajectory beginning to steepen, Robinson will be hoping for the same:
“I want to be as active as I can. The more sparring, the better I can get so hopefully I can get 6 or 7 fights and within 18 months I’d like to be 10 to 12 and 0 and challenging for a British title.”
I asked Robinson what attribute remains his best asset and despite his size, similar perhaps to Tyson Fury, ‘Razor’s speed is what he singles out. “My speed and my sharpness are my most natural attributes. I’ve got a nice jab and a good variety of shots. Rather than jab, one, two and left hook, I can mix it well. I can box as a 6’6 heavyweight or as a 5’6 welterweight.”
As a lifelong Villa fan, Robinson one day dreams of fighting at Villa Park:
“You’ve seen it with Tony Bellew at Goodison Park for a world title. Even if it was in front of 100 fans, even just a suite in the stand, I’d be happy just to say I did it. That would be the dream.”
We briefly touched on the impact of boxing following a lot of talk in the media recently about head injuries in sports:
“When I’m not in training, I train people myself. The sport is sometimes viewed as a thug sport but you can actually see it’s an art and a skill. It keeps my mind sane.
“I train people with depression and anxiety and when they’ve had a bad day they’ll be sending me a message asking for another session. It helps massively with their confidence. If I don’t train my head is all over the place but there is no better anti-depressant. It helps you feel good about yourself. This is a sport that’s never going to go away.”
With Louis Robinson hopefully set to make his debut in March 2021, his career is one certainly fans should keep an eye on as he begins his road to redemption.