If you enjoy a night out in Birmingham you may know Andrew Robinson by another name. DJ Polish was a popular drum ‘n’ bass DJ in the city before he ditched the decks because he loves to fight.
Nine straight wins in 17 months later it looks like a good career move and Robinson’s progress has convinced manager PJ Rowson to hand the 29 year-old super-middleweight his toughest test at the Tower Ballrooms this month.
He’s matched with hard-as-nails Jason Ball over eight rounds on Saturday, March 22 on a show that also features the grudge fight between Marcus Ffrench and Michael Mooney.
Robinson plans to celebrate what would be a career-best win by getting his decks out!
“I used to DJ drum and bass around Queensgate,” he said, “and was known as DJ Polish because I polished the decks!
“I still have my decks at home and play them – but not in public.
“I’m too old for that now!
“But it’s still a good way to relax after a fight.”
Ball is a former cage fighter from Doncaster who has pulled off shocks before in his have-gloves-will-travel 23-fight career.
He claimed the vacant International Masters Silver middleweight title by handing Gary McCallum his first loss in Glasgow in his last fight – and Robinson says he knows what to expect.
“I’ve seen some clips of Ball,” he said, “and I won’t have to go looking for him!
“It’s going to be a great fight for the fans.
“I love to fight. I would stand and fight toe-to-toe in every fight, but I want to show everyone I can box as well.
“The game plan is to box him and not get involved – but I probably will end up having a scrap!”
Robinson came through a hard scrap in Wolverhampton last December.
He won every session of his four-rounder with Mark Till, but still had to dig deep.
“I thought I would go out there, have a look at him and try to establish my jab,” said Robinson, “but he ran at me throwing big punches and I had to switch on straight away.
“I should really have boxed him at distance, but I was enjoying myself standing there having a fight!”
Robinson hopes beating Ball will keep him on course for an English-title challenge later this year and he should have plenty of support at the Tower Ballrooms.
“I live in Redditch now,” he said, “but I’m a Birmingham man and I think everyone I know is coming!
“We’re planning a reunion and it should be a great night – as long as I win. I know it’s going to be tough, but I have belief in myself.”