Local mechanic spends weekends fighting in the ring


Ronnie Robertson works at Harold's Repair & Rental LLC in Sunnyside as an apprentice mechanic, but his real love is fighting.

A friendly smile and a willingness to help customers hides a born fighter at Harold's Repair & Rental LLC.

Ronnie Robertson has been working at the shop for two years, learning how to repair lawn equipment and helping customers. But on weekends, Robertson can be found in a fighting ring.

"I love it," he says of cage fighting, kick-boxing, mixed martial arts and boxing.

He's been fighting for six years and has a fight team here in Sunnyside, Team Damage.

The name is appropriate, as Robertson has injured both shoulders, has two torn ACLs, a torn tendon and even has suffered a spiral break in this thumb.

"It was broken in three places," he said.

Walker still loves the sport, but cannot turn pro because of his injuries.

"No doctor would clear me," he said.

Despite injuries, he travels around the state to compete in individual matches on weekends. His team trains at the Valley Racquet & Fitness Club.

Robertson grew up in the Lower Valley, attending Outlook Elementary School until fourth grade, then moving to Prosser where he finished his school years.

He currently lives in Sunnyside and enjoys his job.

"I like it because I learn something new every day," he said.

As for his hobby, he says no one should fear him because of it.

"I'm just a big teddy bear," he said.


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