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Fight Approaches for Robertson
On a recent Saturday morning I caught up with super flyweight Antwan Robertson to get his thoughts about his upcoming match with fellow undefeated prospect Brad Patraw, scheduled for March 28 at Grand Casino Hinckley. I asked Antwan whether he had read my recent interview with Patraw, and he said that he had. I reminded him that Patraw had said he was confident of the win. The reason hes confident is because he beat me in amateurs. Im way better than I was back then. Im confident too.
Five weeks before the fight I asked Robertson how his training is going,
and as you might expect for a young and relatively inexperienced boxer,
its been heavy on sparring. Ive been sparring with Wilton
Hilario and his brother Jose. Starting next week well be sparring
with Hassan Wasswa and then Willshaun Boxley. My cousin Derek [Winston]
will come and help me out too.
During our first interview last spring, when I asked Robertson whether there was anyone he would like to fight, he impulsively volunteered Patraws name before deciding that he still had too much to learn. Not yet, he said back then. Im still learning the basics, then fundamentals. I asked whether he had refined those fundamentals that he had felt he was lacking a year ago. Robertson shrugged. Ive learned a little bit, and Im just in such good shape. Ive been working really hard.
Robertson was never more animated than when I mentioned Patraws prediction that Robertson would come out brawling and that Patraw would box him. I cant believe he said that! Im a boxer, much more so than a brawler. Shaking his head and smiling, Robertson said more to himself than to me, No, Im going to box him.
I asked whether Robertson had any predictions of his own to make. First
Antwan Robertson is going to beat Brad Patraw. (laughs)
Before parting ways with Robertson I asked him whether there was anything else he wanted to say. Yeah. Good luck, Brad.