CASTLEFORD professional boxer Luke “Lionheart” Robinson suffered a disappointment when he had to settle for a technical draw when fighting on the Pride of Yorkshire bill at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday.
Robinson (pictured) took on the “Welsh Warrior” - 24-year-old Luke Osman - in a middleweight contest on the undercard of Adil Anwar’s international masters welterweight title fight, which the Leeds boxer won on a fifth round stoppage.
Treharris fighter Osman was coming off an impressive victory over top 20 ranked Kevin Hammond.
But despite a bright start by Robinson an accidental clash of heads in the opening round saw Osman cut over the right eye. Under new British Board of boxing rules only brought in at the start of the year the referee called the contest a draw after the ringside doctor said the cut made it impossible for Osman to continue, much to Robinson’s frustration after two months of intensive training for the fight.
Robinson said: “I can’t believe my bad luck. I was confident of victory, but that’s boxing for you.
“I just want to thank everyone who came to support me.”
Robinson plans to be in action again in May on a show where former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier is guest of honour.
On the same Leeds bill on Saturday, Pontefract super-bantamweight Sean “Short Fuse” Hughes made a successful return to the ring with a points victory against Birmingham’s Jason Nesbitt.
Hughes, giving away a massive size and weight disadvantage to his opponent, boxed on the move for the four-round fight with a frustrated Nesbitt mostly throwing wild haymakers.
Nesbitt did have some success in round two, catching Hughes with some stray punches as the Chequerfield man took his foot off the gas, but in the main it was Hughes’ much faster hands and footwork that caught the eye along with some nice body shots as the referee raised his hand at the end with a score of 39-38.
Hughes can now move on to the next stage in his quest to become British champion at the third time of asking, with April the most likely date for his next bout.