Slimmed-down Sean Turner wants big rematch following comeback win


A slimmed-down Sean Turner [11(7)-1(0)] made a winning return on Saturday night in Belfast.

Fighting for the first time since his shock loss to Kamil Sokolowski in April, ‘Big Sexy’ dominated his heavyweight six-rounder with Blaise Mendouo on the Ginley Promotions ‘Danger at The Devenish’ card in Belfast.

The Cameroonian was a London Olympian, an African Championships gold medalist, and a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist – however he was extremely reluctant to engage.

The smaller fighter, Mendouo had to be told by referee Eamonn Magill to fight at the half-way stage and the bout eventually opened up.

Turner told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards that “he was one of those opponents that you have nightmares about. The lad just kept running and running, but I was the aggressor. I was winning the rounds and in the last round I even got to show off my back foot boxing.”

“He wasn’t hitting me and in fairness he took a few good shots, one left hook he took clean and he took a few body shots and still kept dancing, so you have to say fair play to him he was tough.”

“He was the dancing king at times. He is one of those awkward lads that comes to survive he did his job and seen the final bell and I did mine by winning every round.”

“The chap was at the Olympics, was a Commonwealth medallist, is rarely stopped and knows his away around the ring so it’s a good win.”

Indeed, Mendouo’s best weapon wasn’t even his fists claimed Turner who laughed at how “he had a head like a block!”

“He caught me with it four times and it was like running into a wall. All that matters now is the win.”

The Dubliner was due to box Sokolowski on the card, but the Plymouth-based Pole pulled out. Motivated by the loss, Turner has vowed to get in shape, and came in at a career-lowest 242lbs on Saturday.

The Shankill man’s plans are simple, and he stated that “I want the rematch with the Pole. I want that one settled and him whipped off the record. I want it over eight rounds again the same fight as last time, but a different result.”

“I am in the best shape of my life, now imagine what shape I’ll be in when that comes around. I want him next and then hopefully another before Christmas maybe even a title, who knows.”

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