16-year-old John Robinson training at home in the shed while in Australia.
16-year-old John Robinson training at home in the shed while in Australia. Daniel McKenzie

Teen machine takes on the fighting world

TWEED teenager John Robinson is kicking down doors in his quest to become a world champion Muay Thai kickboxer.

Half Australian, half Thai, 16-year-old Robinson is a fighting machine who is dominating in a career that defies youth.

His record stands at 60 fights, with 50 wins and multiple knock outs against opponents of all ages.

He was barely school age when he had his first fight and after a break he puts down to “laziness”, Robinson was encouraged to commit to the sport.

“I was five when I had my first fight, you can do anything in Thailand,” Robinson said.

“I stopped and was being lazy, so when I was 11, Dad told me to get down to the gym and get to work.”

He hasn’t looked back since and on top of his impressive record, Robinson is sponsored by top Thai fight brand, Fightlab.

Robinson with the motorbike he purchased with his fight winnings.
Robinson with the motorbike he purchased with his fight winnings. Daniel McKenzie

Thai kickboxing is ruthless, and Robinson’s record is a testament to his mental and physical strength.

It doesn’t come easy, however, and while in Thailand, Robinson leaves nothing to chance in his brutal daily routine.

“In the morning I go for a 6km run, then go back to the gym and do some sit-ups,” Robinson said.

“Then in the afternoon, I jump on the tyre for half an hour, do five rounds on the bag, then five rounds on the pads sparring with a trainer.”

Muay Thai is a religion in Thailand and Robinson, who speaks fluent Thai, loves the opportunities available there.

“Everything is a lot easier going in Thailand and fights are easier to get,” Robinson said.

“It’s a national sport, you can make money and it’s very popular.”

Robinson makes $300 Australian a fight and recently bought a new motorbike from his winnings.

While in Australia, he does a bit of boxing work with Tony Knobbs from Stingrays Gym in Tweed, but enjoys downtime and being a regular kid.

“I enjoy my time here, it’s relaxing and you get some time off and don’t get as burnt out,” Robinson said.

“I ride motorbikes, catch up with mates and have a bit of fun then go back to kickboxing later.”

Robinson heads to Thailand again in April for another six months of training and fighting on his quest to be the best in the world.

View Robinson’s story on Facebook at Johny Fightlab.

If there’s a junior star on the Tweed you would like to nominate for Junior Star of the Week, email: daniel.mckenzie@tweeddailynews.com.au



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