Boxing: Lee taunts the Ginger Rocket

Lee Connelly on the receiving end against ''Luke Campbell
Lee Connelly on the receiving end against ''Luke Campbell

Brawler Lee Connelly says local rival Jamie Robinson is “too scared” to face him.

Connelly’s handler Carl Greaves tried to arrange an April derby-style duel with the “Ginger Rocket,” who also campaigns a lightweight.

But says Killamarsh’s Connelly: “They turned it down - yet he claims to be a warrior in the ring.

“He is afraid to fight me - and I am someone who has a record of two wins and six losses.”

Connelly, who works as a car mechanic in Unstone, earned rave reviews for his brave display against Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell at Hull Arena last year.

He is now preparing to face Simas Volosinas, from Lithuania, at Barnsley Metrodome on March 7.

Connelly’s preparation for the fight has been hampered by sleeplessness nights, following the arrival of his son.

Meanwhile Robinson has laughed off suggestions he is frightened to take on Connelly.

“Yes, they asked for the fight but for whatever reason my manager Mike Shinfeld decided against it” he said.

“I pay him to make decisions and he calls the shots.

“I am not ever going to swerve a fighter and it’s a bit rude for him to say I was frightened, I am not afraid of anyone.

“He’s tough, I’ll give him that, and if he was a prospect or it was for a title, then maybe that is something we’d have considered. Maybe it is something for the future.”

Bolsover’s Robinson has what he believes is a more difficult opponent waiting for him, on March 8, at Doncaster Dome. Unbeaten Fergus Taylor, from Newark, will contest the British Masters Bronze lightweight title.

After that, ideally, Robinson says he would like to face Robbie Barrett, whom he drew with at Doncaster, on his debut - and believes he was robbed.

Robinson has family and friends in local boxing - and said contests against Scott Jenkins and Jamie Sampson “would never happen.”