Step up opponent announced for Big Sexy

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Sean Turner [8(6)-0] will face probably the most formidably foe of his pro career thus far on Sunday.

The Dublin heavyweight appears on the ‘Homecoming’ Belfast Boxnation card and will take on the well-travelled Croatian Ivica Perkovic [22(17)-31(13)] on the bill at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

The big punching Balkan 42 year old last fought at the start of this month, being stopped in the second by Liverpool’s David Price. Other knockout losses for Perkovic have come against Kubrat Pulev (3rd round), Erkan Teper (4th round), Carlos Takam (3rd round), Gary Cornish (3rd round), Francesco Pianeta (3rd round), and Hughie Fury (5th round) in Dundalk. The Croatian has also gone the distance with Mark De Mori (12 rounder) and Alexander Ustinov (8 rounder), while he knocked down Alexander Dimitrenko en-route to an eight-round points loss.

It is a slight step up for the 25 year old and a means for comparison with some of the big names in the division. Turner endured a tough start to 2016 with fights falling through and a disqualification no-contest in May, but last month got his first win of the year on the board in Spain and is looking to build some momentum.

The bout is scheduled to take place over six rounds, and ‘Big Sexy’ will be looking for a move up to eight soonafter as he moves into title contention.

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