Robin Deakin is probably the worst boxer in existence. After being labelled ‘Britain’s Worst Boxer’, the half man / half punching bag has broken his mammoth losing streak. You’d think after the first 10 defeats or so, Robin would have hung up his gloves to pursue another career when clearly, he wasn’t a great boxer.
"People call me the real-life Rocky - I am a professional underdog," insists 'Rockin' Robin Deakin after just his second ever win in 53 bouts. The boxer, whose only other victory was in his 2006 debut, has been knocked around the ring so many times he lost his British boxing licence - because authorities feared he would never win. 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. Immediately after his second win he tweeted: "F*cking come on I'm back £winning thanks xxxx."
Leading into his fight on Saturday against unheard of Latvian Deniss Kornilovs at York Hall in London, his trainer even described him as “programmed to lose”.
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."
He won on a judges’ decision 46-43, but in the eyes of the man himself it may as well have been a landslide.
What’s more surprising is that this man has no plans to retire.
“I’m a fighter. I’m going to fight my way back to the top — you’ll see,” he told The Daily Mirror. “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”, he added.
And for those of you who are having fun reading this story, don’t get ahead of yourself. This is more a story of courage and determination rather than the story of a stubborn individual.
For the record, Deakin had not had a professional fight for 17 months after his comeback was delayed when he was stabbed in the neck during a bar fight in May. He needed 12 stitches. He was only able to legally compete in the fight because it was licenced through the Malta Boxing Commission. Born with club foot, the pugnacious fighter endured 60 operations during his childhood to help correct his movement. Doctors told him he would never be able to walk. However he was walking by the age of six and took up boxing in his teenage years as a way to protect himself from school bullies.
So to sum it up, Robin Deakin has taught us that there is nothing wrong with trying even if you get knocked down 51 times in a row. As long as you’re determined, you will achieve your goal…eventually.