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The Maidenbower fighter had his licence withdrawn due to his terrible record, having not won a fight for seven years.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