Ivan Robinson “Pays it Forward”

By John J. Raspanti

Former lightweight contender Ivan “Mighty” Robinson has dedicated his life to the sweet science.
Robinson, now 45, started throwing punches forty years ago in Nicetown, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA.
The future contender, nicknamed “Mighty Mouse,” engaged in his first amateur bout as an 8-year-old kid.
In 1990, Robinson won a silver medal at the Goodwill Games. He turned professional a few years later.
He went on to score two victories over International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti in 1998. His first bout with Gatti was named “Fight of the Year” by Ring magazine.
Despite his wins, Robinson never got a shot at a world title.
After retiring from boxing in 2008, Robinson spent time with his college-bound son.
A few years later, he returned to the boxing gym. One day while working out, Robinson was asked if he would work with a young kid from the gym. Robinson agreed.
The youngster turned into a pretty good little fighter. Robinson had found his second calling.
Today, Robinson has a number young boxers under his wing.
“I’m working with this female by the name of Camille Jones.” Robinson told this writer via email. “She’s twelve years old and only weighs one hundred pounds. She’s won three of four fights. Watch out for her!”
Robinson has also been training professional fighters Virdal Rivera (3-0, 2 KOs) and Paul “The Punisher” Kroll from Philadelphia. He plans to open his own gym next year.
In 2011, Robinson was approached by the President of the Nicetown CDC, an organization aimed at improving the quality of life in Nicetown. They asked Robinson to bring boxing to the community. He quickly agreed.
“Meldrick Taylor and myself are from the area” said Robinson.“ I love the kids. I guess my background speaks for itself..
“The event is called “Nicetown CDC Giveback-It’s a ’Mighty’ Thing,” added Robinson.
It includes the best amateur boxers in Philadelphia. It‘s held every year.”
Robinson wants to do everything he can to help young people.
“It’s about the youth,” said Robinson. “And our future for our young ladies and gentlemen.”
The 14th annual give-back festival will be held on August 12th and 13the, 2016, at 4301 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia.
Expected to make an appearance are former world champions Riddick Bowe and Meldrick Taylor, along with Jessie Hart, Micheal Blackston, and JV Peterson.
Donations can be sent here:
It’s a “Mighty” Thing
4333 N. Bouvier St.
Philadelphia, PA
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