Steve Robinson is “a mountain of a man” who can light up the domestic heavyweight scene against Dave Allen or Fabio Wardley, says promoter Ben Shalom.
Robinson scored a first-round knockout in his home city of Newcastle this month after walking to the ring to ‘The Lion King’ music.
BOXXER promoter Shalom told Sky Sports after Robinson’s fourth professional fight: “We have to be realistic with him – he’s 31 but had never been picked up before.
“He can absolutely bang and was in the gym the next day [after his KO win]. He lives and breathes the sport.
“He’s a mountain of a man, he’s a real character and he has massive support in Newcastle.
“We will build him slowly. That was only his fourth fight but there are big, big domestic fights out there for him.
“He showed his power. I think he’s miles above the likes of Alen Babic.
“There are big fights perhaps with Dave Allen or Fabio Wardley.”
Babic has stopped all of his eight opponents so far and Wardley is unbeaten in 12, while Allen recently ended his retirement by returning to the ring.
Robinson has told Sky Sports: “I would definitely love to be fighting for a title in four or five fights’ time.
“I need to make sure I’m ready for the step-up in rounds, because once you’ve stepped up, there is no coming back down.
“You’ve got to be constantly rising. You’re going to get people calling you out and all sorts.
“As a team, we’ll do it educated and we’ll make sure that the time is right and not force anything, but in four fights’ time, I’m safely ready to be fighting for a title.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin
December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title