It’s a Taylor-made fit and a move that should have happened earlier.
That’s Sean Turner‘s view on his link up with Pete Taylor. ‘Big Sexy’ claims it’s a made to measure partnership that will ensure he looks his best over the coming years.
The undefeated heavyweight has been somewhat nomadic in terms of trainers having worked with amateur coach Tony Davitt, Albert Ayrapetyan in Marbella, and Sean Kavanagh in Kilnamanagh in his short career.
However, he is now working permanently with the man that guided Katie Taylor’s unprecedented amateur success and claims, even less than two weeks in, he can see the benefits.
“I live in Shankill, Pete’s gym is in Bray. It’s just a ten minute cycle so it seems natural. He had said before if I ever wanted to use the gym I could and even told my Da that he would love like to train me,” ‘Big Sexy told Irish-Boxing.com.
“I was down there two times a week before my last fight, but it’s full-time now. I am six days a week, twice a day for the last week and a half. I should have went a long time ago, it’s been great.”
“I went back to Kavo’s [Stephen Kavanagh] gym to spar the other day and even they couldn’t believe the improvements and that is just after a week and a half. Kavo looked after me in recent fights, but there is no bad blood there.”
‘If fit’ is often the caveat used to reign in those who are getting excited about how far Sean Turner can go in his career.
There is something of an obsession about what shape he is in, and what shape his body is in, before each fight.
In fairness to ‘Big Sexy’ he has done little wrong since turning over and has proven his credentials by winning Senior titles and representing his country and amateur levels.
However, there are those who have questioned whether or not the power-punching old school shaped fighter was more gut that guts.
While Taylor is a respected tactician, and it’s that field where Turner might benefit, he has also indicated that the link up will ensure he is a fit as possible moving forward.
“We went back to simple things with Pete and I am working harder than ever. I don’t want to let him down,” said Turner, who fights Kamil Sokolowski in Birmingham on April 22.
“He is just one of the lads at the minute, but I know that is because I am putting the work in. I know if I wasn’t working hard I’d see how strict he is. I am sore today and I have been doing more work over the last week or so than I have in a long time.”
Turner is currently on a collision course with former amateur foe Con Sheehan. Both he and the Peter Fury-trained talent have expressed a willingness to renew acquaintances and the board have sanctioned an Irish title fight between them. Neither fighter are confirming the fight is all but made, but it looks like Ireland could have it’s first heavyweight title fight since Martin Rogan and Tyson Fury traded leather for the belt back in 2011.
Turner believes that the Taylor link up may also reap dividends when that fight is made.
“Pete was heavyweight and knows a lot about heavyweight boxing. He also knows a lot about Con Sheehan, he knows Con inside out. He worked with him down the High Performance Unit for years. I am delighted with the move its the best thing I’ve done,” he added before discussing Sheehan further.
“I have to win this fight coming up first. It’s the lad Con fought in Belfast and he is tough. He will bring me a few rounds, which is good. I am not sure when I will fight Con, eventually, we both would have it now, but we will see.”
“It could happen in the Summer and I would be happy with that, but if we have to wait that’s boxing and I have a fight for now anyway.”