Turning the other cheek is something that is becoming more prevalent in sport.
Retaliation is a red card offence in all team games, and thus has become more of a cardinal sin that the initial offence that provoked the reaction.
In a macho sport like boxing, where dominance is so important, it is at times – especially in the heat of a physical battle – hard not to react to a wrongdoing. There is no ‘roll on the ground screaming’ equivalent for pro pugilists.
However, as Sean Turner found out to his determinant back in May, there are consequences even for fighters taking matters into their own gloves.
The Irish heavyweight prospect and his opponent, Ferenc Zsalek, were disqualified in the second round of their bout in Spain, for exchanging after the break.
The result of the fight, in which Big Fight had knocked his opponent down in the openin round, has since gone down as a ‘No Contest’ due to both boxersbeing thrown out
Turner, who fights this Saturday in Birmingham, is keen to forget the incident, but had no problem admitting that he felt his reaction was justified.
“I am keen to get back in and win. I can only look forward not back. Getting DQ’d last time out wasn’t ideal, but I have to look forward.”
“You know me, I wasn’t going to let him tee off on the break and get away with it. You have to do what you have to do.”
“The referee I thought may have handled it better. It was a bit hard for him a small man in there with two big lads.”
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