‘This is must win’ Big Sexy says he has to tame The Cobra
Seán Turner is ready to grab a career changing chance when he fights in Switzerland on on Saturday night.
‘Big Sexy’ goes to neutral ground ready to go to war with the highly ranked Arnold Gjergjaj knowing a win can drastically improve his big fight chances.
The Swiss based heavy’s only career defeat came against none other than David Haye so he brings a degree of notoriety as well as a good ranking to the ring with him tomorrow.
It’s a massive opportunity in a division that continues to become more lucrative and exciting-and one Turner claims he has to take.
“This fight, I think, is going to dictate the future,” said Turner. “This is a must-win fight for me. A big fight and a great one to get up the rankings. I’m only 26, I’m going in to win this fight and by next year who knows what’s going to happen?”
If the Dublin heavy weight had secured this bout this time last year it would have been seen as a risk free win win contest. He would have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking on a ranked, somewhat name fighter away from home.
However, considering he suffered defeat to Polish journey man of sorts Kamil Sokolowski ‘Big Sexy’ feels he can’t afford another slip up.
“I need to win this fight because I slipped up [against Sokolowski] even though I still thought I did enough to win that. I probably underestimated him to be honest, but that’s not the fighter I am.”
While 33-year-old Gjergjaj has far more pro experience than 26-year-old Turner, Big Sexy believes he has fought a higher caliber of fighter during his prolonged amateur career.
“Neither of our records have many big names, but I’ve been in with many big names as an amateur. I think that experience will be the difference,” said Turner, who was delighted when the fight was officially confirmed last moth.
“It’s great to have it sorted,” said the Dubliner. “I thought for a while that the guy [Gjergjaj] was getting cold feet, but it’s all done now.”
“I think he’s underestimating me, to be honest. I think he might have looked at footage of me after there’d be talk of the fight and then he was getting cold feet. He’s finally taken it now, so that’s a good thing for me.”
The big punching big man is confident if things go well he could manage an eye catching stoppage win- and in a bid to ensure that happens has worked hard to make sure he has a chance of emulating David Haye by beating ‘The Cobra’.
“He’s got a good record and he’s going to give it a shot, but I don’t think he has the heart that I have,” said Turner. “David Haye knocked him down with a jab and he was beaten before he got into the ring and I think I can stop him too.”
“I know I need to do it in the ring. I’m 100 per cent ready, I haven’t cut any corners and I’m going in with 100 per cent belief that I’m going to beat this lad and maybe even stop him.”