Bolsover’s Jamie Robinson is confident his new surroundings will stand him in good stead for the biggest fight of his career so far.
Robinson, aged 24, contests his tenth fight in the professional ranks at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, October 24.
The outing against Rotherham scrapper Atif Shafiq is on the undercard of the prestigious IBF world welterweight fight between home favourite Kell Brook and Argentina’s Diego Chaves.
Shafiq, 21, has an enviable record in the pro ranks of 14 wins from 15.
But despite the class of his opponent, Robinson fully believes he will come out on top.
He told the Derbyshire Times: “He’s a good fighter, Shafiq.
“You can see straight away by looking at his record and this is a big step-up in fights for me.
“I’ve been chucked in at the deep end with some of the people I’ve took on but I’ve held my own.
“He’s a real typical Ingle fighter and he will be awkward.
“I’m not going to give too many tactics away but I’ve got a good plan.
“I think if I turn up and show how I can fight, then I believe I’ll have him.”
Robinson, nicknamed the Ginger Rocket, says the training and conditioning that he has experienced recently has put him in outstanding shape.
And it will be especially significant considering his bout with Shafiq is set for eight rounds - something Robinson has only contested once before.
He added: “My trainer Ryan Rhodes has been there and done it, fighting for world titles.
“He’s boxed at the highest level.
“I’ve been sparring with people for 10 rounds so I know my fitness is there.
“And I’ve been doing lots of work with Shane Nicholson (ex-Chesterfield footballer), who is my strength and conditioning coach.
“Since I’ve had this new set-up around me I’ve won the last three fights and two of them by easy margins.
“I feel like I’ve really stepped up in these last couple of fights.
“It’s great and I feel in great shape.
“I’ve got a good team around me and I have good sponsors.
“Everyone plays their part.
“Now I’m a professional I have to act like a professional.
“Before, I was working Monday through to Friday and training at nights.
“Now, I’m training seven days a week.
“I quit my job in January to go full-time and since sitting down with the team and discussing the strength and conditiioning aspect, I’ve felt the benefit.”
• Tickets for the bout are on sale from Jamie. You can call him on 07990 575583.
Prices for the evening vary from £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150.
VIP tickets, which include added hospitality, are priced at £250.