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Crawley boxer Robin Deakin - who has lost his last 50 fights - admits he's been a "human punch bag" but vows to end losing streak

By K_Seckington  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

COME BACK: Robin Deakin is determined to win his licence back

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HE ADMITS his boxing record is “rubbish” but Robin Deakin is adamant he has turned a corner and is determined to win his British licence back.

The Maidenbower fighter had his licence withdrawn due to his terrible record, having not won a fight for seven years.

Deakin won his debut bout in 2006 but has lost his last 50 fights since, but the 27-year-old insists the statistics do not tell the full story.

“I’ve been a human punch bag,” Deakin admitted.

“When fights have been set up for me, they haven’t always had my best interests at heart; I’ve been paying people’s mortgages and it’s cost me my licence.

“You look at boxers like Amir Khan and they have one big fight a year, at one point I had 19 fights in 24 weeks.

“When you look at the people I’ve fought they are good boxers; Vinny Mitchell, Ryan Taylor, Jason Hastie...and most of the time I get hardly any time to train for it.

“I get a call saying someone has dropped out and can I take their place.

“One fight I had seven hours’ notice, and most of that was spent on a train to Birmingham.”

However, Deakin, who is currently fighting on a German boxing licence, is determined to prove his doubters wrong and earn his British licence back – with a fight already lined up for March 1 at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

“I had a hiccup where they suspended my licence because of all the defeats,” Deakin said.

“They said things had to change or I wouldn’t get it back.

“Now I’ve got two new trainers who I really trust and I’ve got nine weeks to prepare.

“I’ve been training twice a day and eating the right things, which is something I’ve not been able to do with other fights.

“Dave Murphy might not be a big name, but I trust him to get the right opponents for me – we don’t know my opponent for March 1 yet, it’ll probably be a foreign boxer. And when, not if, I win my fight in March, we will look to build up my confidence and my record slowly.”

Former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental champion Mark Prince is headlining a busy schedule of fights at the York Hall event, for tickets, call 07975972153

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