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Dagenham boxer Robin Dupre believes new trainer will better him

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2018

Alex Taylor, Niall Joyce and Robin Dupre

Alex Taylor, Niall Joyce and Robin Dupre

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Dagenham cruiserweight Robin Dupre has a scary new trainer who he says will bring out the best in him, writes Matthew Bozeat.

Dupre will have Mark Patrick in his corner when he returns to the ring at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, February 10 as part of the line-up for Hellraiser Boxing’s Titanium show.

For Dupre, it will be his first fight since he was beaten in six rounds by Luke Watkins for the vacant Commonwealth title last October.

The 30-year-old has turned to his former amateur coach as Nigel Carroll battles cancer and said: “I’m a bit afraid of Mark – and that’s what I need.

“I keep my mouth shut when I’m in the gym with him and get on with my work.

“He’s very strict with me and I don’t get away with anything with Mark.

“I’ve known Mark since I was an amateur at Dagenham.

“He was in my corner then and I don’t think I ever lost a fight with him. He knows how to get the best out of me.”

Dupre says that once his next fight is out of the way, he will be ready to roll the dice again.

“I took a risky fight for the Commonwealth title and the risk didn’t pay off,” he said.

“But I’m ready to take more risks once I’ve got this next fight out of the way.

“I have the determination to get in there with good fighters and beat them.

“I had a good, tough fight with Luke and I enjoyed it – apart from the ending obviously.

“Luke was strong, but I really felt I was doing what I wanted to do in there and was winning the fight.

“Then he put me on the floor at the end of the fourth round.

“I got up, caught him with a good right hand and I started trying to fight him on the inside, which was a mistake.

“I should have stuck to just keeping it long because that was working, but I got it wrong and I’ve learned from that.”

The night will also see Philip Bowes fighting Vusumzi Tyatyeka in an eliminator for the Commonwealth super-lightweight championship.

Tickets for the show are still available by calling 07946 478274.

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