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“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.
Having won on his debut in 2006, the 26-year-old proceeded to lose his next 51 fights, and was relieved of his British boxing licence as a result.
But Robin, 29, from Tilbury, Essex, proved all his critics wrong by beating Latvian Deniss Kornilovs on points on Saturday night after four gruelling rounds.
After 17 months out of the ring, Deakin outpointed Latvia’s Deniss Kornilovs over four rounds at London’s York Hall on a show licensed by the Malta Boxing Commission.
Now Robin, whose speech is slurred because of too many blows to the head, said: “I’m a fighter. I’m going to fight my way back to the top – you’ll see.
“All those people that called me Britain’s worst boxer can eat their words – they just made me punch harder.
“People saying I’m the worst made me stronger.
“I did everything different this time and worked my hardest – and it showed.”
The lightweight, who was boxing under a licence from Malta because he wasn’t good enough to keep a British Boxing Board of Control licence.
He fought and won at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London, the venue where he emerged victorious in his debut – and lost 13 other bouts.
Robin said: “I’m over the moon. My trainers Mike and Dave Jennings of Jennings’ Gym got me in the best shape of my life.
“They taught me a lot – and they knew I had the ability to turn my career around.
“I’ve been really unlucky in some of my fights – ones I deserved to win but didn’t.
“Saturday night was tough, don’t get me wrong. I got the chance to finally show what I can do.”
Journeyman Robin won on points at the end of the four, three-minute rounds, 46 to 43.