After pounding the soft sand of Thirroul beach and the winding pavement along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, boxer Luke Turner maintains hope of still getting his shot at NRL bad boy Blake Ferguson.
Turner was to step into the ring tonight, before boxing legend ‘‘Sugar’’ Shane Mosley’s shock departure for Los Angeles, forcing the cancellation of Main Event fight card in Sydney.
The Mundine camp is hoping that the bout can be salvaged and Turner’s trainer Terry Devlin said that a December 6 date has been mooted but Turner couldn’t hide his disappointment yesterday.
‘‘It’s a bit disappointing but what can you do,’’ Turner said.
‘‘It’s a bit of a let down but it is what it is.
‘‘I was in the best nick you can get in a week. I was confident I’d done everything possible to get the best out of myself.’’
Turner will continue training, hinting at a few more beach runs at Thirroul, but said the postponement could play into Ferguson’s hands as the Raiders discard trains hard in the hope of landing an NRL contract.
‘‘It’ll probably work to my disadvantage because he’ll be training flat out for six weeks and I’ll be still working and getting my hour session in in the afternoon,’’ Turner said.
‘‘It would have been better for me now than in six weeks time but in saying that I’ll get a bit more of a chance to learn off Terry because I’m only new to the sport, I’ve only been doing it five weeks.’’
The 22-year-old Goulburn Bulldogs rugby league player said he hopes to spend more time on the sand in an effort to boost his fitness.
‘‘If I can get time off work and get down there I will because I need to try and get as much fitness in as I can,’’ he said.
‘‘That’ll be my biggest hurdle, he’s a superstar athlete and I’m just a digger driver,’’ Turner said.
Barry Dunnett, Ryan ‘‘Hulk’’ Hogan and Garry ‘‘The Baboon’’ Gurr have all been memorably forgettable fodder for footballers who have decided to ‘‘play boxing’’ but Turner has no intention of adding his name to the list should the bout take place.
‘‘I know that’s the expectation,’’ he said.