Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner is adamant toned muscle counts for nothing when it comes to fighting as he prepares to face unbeaten heavyweight Nathan Gorman on Saturday.
The burly Dubliner (12-2-KO8) is an underdog on the Tyson Fury bill at the Manchester Arena but plans to defy his critics and anyone who hails Anthony Joshua’s physique as a blueprint for success.
Turner said: “Being ‘cut’ like AJ means absolutely nothing. This is fighting. I carry a bit of weight. I’m as trim possible though and have got rounds under my belt.
“I’ve got big legs and they help me absorb the shots. I feel in great shape for this fight.
“Basically, I just love fighting so whether I get one week or six weeks’ notice, I’ll fight them anyway.
“I used to be a bit lazy when it came to training and struggle for motivation but that’s all out of my system now. It’ll be a new me in that ring.”
Turner, 27, last fought in February, when he took on the highly-rated Filip Hrgovic in Germany on short notice and suffered a points defeat over eight rounds.
Never stopped, ‘Big Sexy’ is hoping his high-profile clash with Gorman can guarantee him more big names and big purses in future.
Turner said: “Hrgovic couldn’t hurt me. He caught me clean with his right hand three times and I didn’t move. I’d had no preparation for that fight.
“I’m over the moon to be on the Fury undercard. We’re good friends and I’ve been his sparring partner for lots of his fights. However, if I win this fight, who knows what’s next? Maybe I’ll fight him.
“That’s what has been motivating me for this fight with Gorman. When I beat him, I’ll have to be talked about with guys like Fury, Joshua and Dillian Whyte. I’ll have big fights coming my way.”
Metcalf too strong for Amir Khan?
JJ Metcalf is hoping to earn a WBC ranking title by beating Aitor Nieto and then target huge domestic fights with Kell Brook and Amir Khan.
The unbeaten light-middleweight (17-0-KO9) takes on the Spaniard on Tyson Fury’s undercard on Saturday night and is keen to force even higher-profile bouts as soon as possible.
Liverpool’s Metcalf said: “I need to get a move on. I’m just going to win this title and hopefully push on towards something else. I want to be one of those rare fighters who never gets beaten.
“I’ll get in an eliminator and then fight for a world title. I’d have a massive chance against big names like Kell Brook and Amir Khan. Brook is the better fighter for me and that fight would be a really good 50-50 but I’d be far too strong for Khan.
“I’ve had a lot of frustrations. I was going to fight for a British title and then Ted Cheeseman pulled out. I thought I was going to fight Liam Williams for the British title and then the board wanted an eliminator.
“I’ve had to wait lots of times and there have been lots of pull-outs. It’s time to get going in my career and it starts on Saturday.
“What better stage to do it on than Fury’s comeback fight? I’m looking forward to the big occasion.”
In addition to Fury, Metcalf’s MTK Global team-mates Jack Massey, Ian Tims, Sean Turner, Sam Maxwell, Troy Williamson and Alex Dickinson feature on the card.
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