HE wasn’t quite rent a quote, but as an amateur former Senior Champion Sean Turner was as willing to drop verbal bombs as he was explosive punches.
The heavyweight was a big punching, big talking, big amateur. An entertaining and at times controversial character that generated big support in the Stadium.
So now that he has ditched the vest and is ready to punch for pay for the first time is the Dubliner ready to bring the pre fight talk to a new level in a bid to sell more tickets and increase interest.
It doesn’t seem so! Speaking to Irish-boxing.com this week about his move into the pro ranks ‘Big Sexy’ wasn’t promising knock outs, name dropping big stars or talking about World titles. The likeable heavyweight for now is only focused on getting rounds under his belt.
Turner returns to the ring in the Holiday Inn on June 6 in what will be his first bout since claiming his last Irish title over 18 months ago- and he feels he need competitive rounds more than headlines at the minute.
“I thought I was never going to get going. It was one set back after another and I am just delighted to have a date to look forward too,” Turner told Irish-boxing.com.
“It gives you a focus and a target. This is just step one on the road and it would be nice to get a couple of rounds under my belt. It has been over a year and half since my last fight. I have been sparring a lot but nothing matches competitive action. I will take it as it comes. If the knock out comes I will take it if not I will be glad of the rounds. You know me- when I catch them clean they stay hit, but I won’t be looking for it at all.
“I really want a few lads that will give me rounds early on as I have been out for so long and you don’t know how long you can be waiting for fights. What good would one round stoppages every couple of weeks do me. So it is one step at a time for the minute.”
But for those, who like the cheeky side of Turner don’t despair as once he gets a couple of wins under his belt he will start calling out fighters in his own unique way.
“When I get to 6 or 7 and 0 then you will hear me calling lads out and looking to use my power to knock them out. It will be pedal to the metal then. Hopefully in a year I will be targeting the Irish title, raising some eyebrows and saying it as it is.”