“Rockin” Robin Deakin, cruelly branded ‘Britain’s worst boxer’ by the national press in the UK – before using the tag for his own promotional ends – has taken the first crucial step to regaining his British licence by getting a much needed win on Saturday, defeating Latvia’s Deniss Kornilovs by 4 round points decision at London’s famous York Hall, winning every round.
The battle-hardened trier was born severely disabled with a condition called Talipes – an affliction affecting the legs that was so serious his parents were told he may never even walk, let alone fight – a fact the red-tops in Britain repeatedly fail to mention, alongside his more than respectable amateur career that saw 46 wins from 76 contests.
Deakin, who won his pro debut in 2006 before a series of misfortunes and mishaps led to him going on the road as the ‘away’ fighter, had his license to fight revoked by the British Board in 2012 amid fears for his health, and has been forced to box under the auspices of foreign commissions ever since, although he hopes this win will go some way to seeing his license returned.
Before Saturday’s fight he sought the help of former British welterweight champion and world title challenger Michael Jennings, and his brother Dave, who masterminded the turnaround from their gymnasium in Chorley, Lancs.
“I can’t keep mugging myself off and losing. I need to win and that’s why I went to Michael,” Deakin told me before Saturday’s fight.
It would appear the hard work and dedication has indeed paid off, with Deakin’s win taking his record to (2-51), although by his own admission, the numbers don’t matter anymore – it’s getting his British licence back that is the driving force nowadays.
“There is a change in circumstance – when I apply (for my license) again, I’ve won a fight.
“They can’t say I’ve not changed. Hopefully they’ll give me my licence back,” he said after the victory.
Trainer Michael Jennings tweeted after the win on Saturday.