Langara boxer defends super-middleweight title

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B.C. super-middleweight title holder, Dave Robinson, will defend his championship Nov. 22, at the Night of Champions.

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Dave Robinson training in the now defunct Astoria Fraser Arms Boxing Club, in the basement of the Fraser Arms Hotel. Robinson will defend his middleweight championship Nov. 22. Photo: Astoria Boxing

Robinson, aka “The Shoebomber,” earned the championship belt in July, following a unanimous decision over Chad Gerow from Revolution Martial Arts and Fitness in Langley.

The champion fighter and Langara College student is preparing for his next opponent, which is still undetermined.

But, this is not unusual to Robinson.

He explained that the last time he defended the title, his opponent changed four or five different times before the fight.

“This was hilarious, I was supposed to fight one guy, then it switched to a different guy,” he said. “[Finally] the guy who showed up to fight me was someone I had never seen before.”

As a result, Robinson doesn’t always find it helpful to study his opponents on tape.

Instead, he tries to come up with a good game plan, focusing on his own technique.

“Boxing is all about rhythm and control,” he said.

Robinson coaches and educates youth in boxing basics 

Besides being a boxer and going to school, he spends most of his free time coaching at the North Burnaby Boxing Club.

He coaches a youth class Tuesdays and Thursdays. When he is not training for a match he’s coaching with Manny Sobral and Rob Bortolazzo at the  competitive class.

His main focus is to develop youth motor skills used in boxing’s fundamental movements.

“When they learn just like they are going to school, I get excited about that.”

Photo Credit: Astoria Boxing
Dave Robinson training in the now defunct Astoria Fraser Arms Boxing Club, in the basement of the Fraser Arms Hotel. Robinson will defend his middleweight championship Nov. 22. Photo: Astoria Boxing

Long-time boxer; a fighter for life

One might think a boxer becoming B.C. super-middleweight champion would be life changing.

Not so much for Robinson.

“Life hasn’t changed much actually. I’ve been fighting for a long time, so it’s really not that much different,” he said.

It’s all about moving on.

“It’s whatever the next step is.”

Reported by Ryan Banagan

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