Goulburn’s Turner uses delay as advantage

The Anthony Mundine-Shane Mosley boxing bungle was a ”blessing” forGoulburn excavator Luke Turner and he wants another crack at rugby league badboy Blake Ferguson this month.
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Turner will find out on Wednesday whether his fight with sacked CanberraRaiders star Ferguson will be rescheduled on the undercard of theMundine-Mosley bout for November 27.

The 22-year-old has been in limbo for three weeks after Mosleysensationally left Australia 24 hours before the fight night.

But Turner is refusing to be frustrated by the delay, instead using itto his advantage to be fitter and stronger to clash with Ferguson at theAllphones Arena.

”It’s a bit of a strange situation to be honest, but what can you do,”Turner said.

”It’s mentally draining with all the travel and the uncertainty, butI’ll just do what I have to.

”It’s still going to be hard.

”Fitness-wise he’s going to be all over it, but I’ll go out and do thebest I can.”

Promoters are still finalising the undercard for the fight and Turner iseagerly awaiting a phone call to say he will get his chance to thrash it outwith Ferguson.

The Goulburn Bulldogs rugby league player was devastated when Mosleywalked out on the fight because of a pay dispute.

Mosley – a future Hall of Famer and three-time world champion – pulledout of the original fight, which was set for October 23, when he didn’t receivethe remainder of his $1 million purse.

Turner isn’t fighting for money.

He’s fighting for the ”once in a lifetime” chance to shine on the bigstage.

Ferguson, 23, has spent the past year trying to escape controversy.

He has converted to Islam to help change his life.

But while Ferguson gets all the attention, Turner has been doing afour-hour round trip to Campbelltown three times a week just to train.

Turner’s been juggling his boxing aspirations with his day job in thehope he will get his chance to knock Ferguson out.

Turner is realistic about his chances. Ferguson is an NRL star who hasbeen training as a professional athlete for years.

Turner has been in one boxing bout – a draw in Goulburn last month – andruns to the gym every morning before leaving work early to drive to Sydney.

”I’m still pretty raw, I’m only getting three days of training,”Turner said.

”I don’t really care what Blake’s doing, none of that worries me.

”I’ve got nothing personally against him, I’m just taking my chance tobe in a fight under Mundine and Mosley.

”I’ve got nothing against him at all. I guess this has all been ablessing, a positive because it gives me some extra time.”


Uncertain … Goulburn’s Luke Turner is waiting for a phone call to find out whether his fight against Blake Ferguson will proceed.

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