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New Beginning Countdown: Sean ‘BIG SEXY’ Turner in-depth

In the third part of a new series, irish-boxing.com gives you all you need to know about the boxers fighting on the Jamie Conlan-headlined ‘New Beginning’ card in the National Stadium this Saturday. A joint venture by Macklin’s Gym Marbella and Frank Warren, the card will be 2015’s first big show in Dublin – and capital fight fans will be hoping that it is the first of many.

Third to be profiled is popular heavyweight, Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner [4(3)-0]. A late addition to the card after the withdrawal of Pajo Hyland, Turner is pure entertainment as well as being one of the heaviest punchers around. The show will be the 24 year old’s first appearance on a televised card – and the big-punching, big-talking, ‘Big Sexy’ will be looking to impress the cameras.

A successful amateur, Turner was the 2013 Irish Elite super heavyweight champion as well as mixing it with the best in the World Series of Boxing for the Los Angeles Matadors. The Dubliner turned professional last year and instantly became an internet sensation when he knocked out his debut opponent, Zoltan Elekes, with his first ever paid punch – a big sexy left hook.

After scoring the fastest knock-out in Irish boxing history, Turner would have another left hook showreel stoppage in his second fight, this time against Istvan Ruzsinszky. Illness would hinder the big man in his third outing where he outpointed Moses Matovu. In his most recent fight, last February, Turner would have another early night when he blasted out Peter Erdos in the first round.

Perhaps the biggest feather in Turner’s cap is the world class sparring he has been receiving at Fury’s Gym in Bolton where he has been sharing the ring with future world champion, Tyson Fury. Not wanting to hang around, ‘Ireland’s #1 Heavyweight’ will be hoping to continue his development on Saturday as he targets an Irish title shot in 2016.

Turner’s opponent for Saturday is confirmed to be the dangerous Janis Ginter [5(5)-9(4)-1] of Latvia. A knockout artist himself, Ginter will want to upset the Irishman. A real shoot-out, this scheduled four rounder will not be going to the scorecards.

Doors open at the National Stadium at 6pm and tickets are available from ticketmaster.ie. ‘New Beginning: Conlan-Granados’ will also be shown live on Boxnation from 7pm.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie