CASTLEFORD professional boxer Luke Robinson (pictured) defeated an international opponent in Leeds on Saturday when he outpointed Bheki Mayo, from Pretoria, South Africa.
Middleweight Robinson was too good for Mayo on a Mark Bateson and Kevin Spratt promotion at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road.
Round one saw both fighters trying to figure out each other’s style and Robinson worked behind a stiff jab to keep Mayo at bay.
The second round was a cautious affair with the Lionheart moving round the Tiger well to pick him off with the jab, but Robinson picked up the pace in the third and forced his opponent onto the ropes and unloaded some of his trademark body shots.
In round four the Castleford man again forced the pace against an awkward foe.
He was caught with a good left uppercut, but Robinson showed his fighting heart to double jab Mayo and finish the fight on top with a controlled performance.
Referee Michael Alexander raised Robinson’s arm aloft with a shut-out 40-36 victory.
Robinson said afterwards: “I had trained for a rematch with Luke Osman, who due to an accidental clash of heads in February I had to settle for a technical draw with.
“Osman is a southpaw and it took me a while to figure Mayo out as he obviously had a very different technique.”
The evening had started on a sombre note when the capacity crowd of 1,500 stood for the traditional boxing salute of ten bells for the late Sir Henry Cooper.
Chief guest Joe Frazier entertained everyone when recalling the day 40 years ago when he became the first man to defeat Muhammad Ali.
Robinson is next in action in Leeds on Saturday, September 24 and looking to get a shot at the British Masters title at that show or later in the year now he is on the verge of the top ten British rankings.