Con Sheehan backing friendly rival Sean Turner ahead of Sokolowski scrap

Dublin heavyweight Sean Turner [9(6)-0] is faced with a strong opponent tomorrow night when he takes on game Polish slugger Kamil Sokolowski [2(0)-9(2)-2] in Belfast.

It’s a tough test for Turner’s first eight rounder, albeit one he is expected to pass.

Aside from the fact he is facing a man that is coming to win, the fight has another interesting dimension – comparison.

See, Sokolowski fought another Irish heavyweight, and Turner’s MTK stablemate, Con Sheehan [4(1)-0] back in November. In this bout at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, the solid journeyman won one round and took a share of another in the eight rounder.

An Irish title fight between Turner and Sheehan has been mooted for quite a while now, with a potential date in the Summer being suggested.

‘Big Sexy’ knows he has the opportunity to make a favourable comparison at the Devenish Complex, and that this may change the complexion of a title fight down the line.

Sheehan, who was admittedly disappointed with his performance against Sokolowski, also acknowledges that comparisons will be made, but he believes his friendly rival could score a stoppage win on the Ginley Promotions bill.

The Tipperary big man gave Irish-Boxing.com his view on the fight, and explained that “he [Sokolowski] is a strong guy, game and fit – but Turner could get him out early.”

“If not, he could be in for a bit of a fight, but he will come out on top no doubts.”

Sheehan has his own fight to look forward to next Friday [March 10th], when he boxes over eight on the Belfast Boxnation show at the Waterfront Hall.

Also featuring on the first Ginley Promotions card tomorrow are Tyrone McCullagh, Alfredo Meli, Ciaran McVarnock, Stephen Ormond, Ian Tims, and Anto Upton.

Tickets for Dust Up at The Devenish cost £35 (unreserved) and £65 (ringside) and are available from the boxers on the bill or promoter Mark Ginley.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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