Farrag is determined it will be him who leaves the ring with his first title. The 25-year-old is chasing a return with British champ Lee Haskins, the only man to beat him in 10 outings, and knows that a win over Robinson will take him a steep closer.
It's a crossroads fight for Robinson. With two unsuccessful English title attempts behind him, the Liverpudlian knows if he is to go anywhere in the sport then he simply cannot afford to lose.
“It’s a very tough challenge,” said Robinson. “He’s a great lad, Ryan. He’s always fit and strong and he’s one of the hardest fights out there. They’re the fights I like though, and that’s why I’ve taken it. There’s not really local pride at stake because I don’t live too close to him, but I definitely want to beat him because he’s a Liverpool lad; I want to beat anyone I fight.
“He’ll be strong, but I think I’ll pull away down the stretch. I’ve got the experience over 10 rounds; he’s only done six and in the later rounds he’ll struggle. He’ll be prepared for ten and he might do it in the gym but he’s not going to know how hard it is. I know from experience [Robinson has twice been into the tenth round]; it’s a different ball-game. I see a war, and that’s what I want. He doesn’t take a backward step and it’s the same with me. It’s going to be a great fight.”
“I’m really excited; it’s what I’ve been wanting for a while now,” countered Ryan. “I feel like I’m ready for top fights. Mike’ll be a good fight; I’ve sparred him plenty and the spars are wars, so it’ll be a good scrap for the crowd.
“This fight will be more of a test because I’ve not been past six rounds and it’s over 10; so it’s probably my hardest fight to date. He punches hard and throws wild shots so he’s dangerous and obviously he’s got that bit more experience. He’s done more rounds so maybe that will come into play, but I think I’ll go in there on the night and do the job.
“Mike’s a nice lad and I know him well, so I won’t be saying anything nasty about him. He’s a sound lad but business is business and that’s the way it’s going to be on the night. Every fighter’s got to believe they’re going to win and I believe I’ll win. I’d like to think I’ll stop him but whether that happens we’ll just have to wait and find out, won’t we?”
The undercard at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on October 12 will feature Preston’s Dean Halsall; Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve; Cumbria’s Ricky Skelton; Wythenshawe’s Kofi Yates; Bolton’s Danny Watson; Darwen’s Stevie Taylor; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Accrington’s Adam Machaj; Liverpool’s Steven Lewis; Merseyside’s Wayne Adeniyi; Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Burnley’s Atif Mushtaq, and Liverpool’s Adam Ismail. AJ Faizy, Haider Riaz, and Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz will all make debuts.
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