In the Land of Opportunity, Ray Robinson just wants his. Robinson has been a world ranked welterweight for several years now, but bad luck and boxing politics have kept him out of the world title mix he craves.
“I respect talent. I understand being patient, but enough is enough. Like any top level boxer, I just want my shot,” Robinson said. “One chance to prove how good I am. I’m ready and willing to fight any top welterweight.
“Nobody will outwork me. Nobody will out box me. I’m ready to prove I belong with the best welterweights in the world. I’m back now. I wanna stay busy and get my shot. One chance is all I need.”
Robinson shook the rust off from an unfortunate 18-months without a fight by blasting out durable Santos Benavides (26-11). He pounded Benavides for four rounds, letting his punches fly before his Nicaraguan opponent retired on his stool before the 5th. Robinson improved to 21-2 and is looking to put his unexpectedly long break behind him.
First, Robinson sat out a contract with a non-performing promoter. Then last January, Robinson was busy in training camp for a prized HBO fight against Dmitry Mikhaylenko, when his car was rear ended in a traffic accident resulting in a back injury that kept him out for several months.
Then he accepted a spot in the planned WBC welterweight tournament and busied himself training and waiting patiently for the chance to challenge another top welter. A mandated bout with Lamont Peterson never developed when the D.C. fighter turned the bout down at the last minute. Then the whole WBC tournament never got on track.
Despite the inactive period, Robinson is on an impressive 10-fight win streak since losing a competitive decision to Shawn Porter. He’s moved up to fourth in the WBC world ratings. His long time local Philly rival Danny Garcia is the WBC champion and dream opponent for Robinson.
“Danny Garcia will duck me forever. We begged for this upcoming fight with Danny in Philly (November 12th), but I knew Danny wouldn’t take it. We were the only WBC ranked opponent available,” the rated 4th Robinson said. “Two Philly guys who train in the same neighborhood, rumbling for the world title. Great for fans but Danny wouldn’t have it cause he knows I’m gonna mess up his plans.
“I respect all the top welterweights and what they’ve accomplished. It’s the most talent rich division in boxing. But I know I’m as good as them. I’ve earned the chance to prove myself. I’ll fight any of them. Just one shot and everyone will know The New Ray Robinson is one of the best.”