Fighter Freddie Turner goes for Gold
20:00 05 February 2014
Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Southern Area Champion is aiming for championship honours
Southern Area Champion Freddie Turner is aiming for further championship honours in a few weeks time, when he faces Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson for the British Masters Gold Light-middleweight title at the TRAD TKO Events Fast & Furious promotion at the Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday, March 8.
It’s less than a year since Turner signed with Johnny Eames and TRAD TKO Events, but in that short period of time, Turner has gone from making one or two outings a year to being a regular feature on TRAD TKO shows, culminating in the Southern Area title clash against long-time holder Nathan Graham in October.
In what was without doubt one of the fights of the year, Turner reigned victorious, but it was a very close run decision which was testament to both warriors, who went toe-to-toe for every second of the 10 rounds.
With the Southern Area belt firmly in his custody, Turner made it clear that he wanted further championship action as soon as possible, so with a new venue, along with new sponsors in Junction 17 Cars, Eames obliged by arranging for Turner to headline TRAD TKO’s first show at the Cresset.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of father and son coaching team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, Turner spoke of his upcoming showdown with Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson, as well as his Southern Area title victory.
“Yeah that’s right, two fights, two titles, although a lesser one than the Southern Area, but it’s still a title and obviously 12 rounds, which means I have another two rounds to prepare for.
“Chris? Well he’s a game kid and I see it being a similar fight to the last one, everyone’s going to enjoy it for sure.
“Nathan Graham was a tough fight, obviously he was my first live ‘live’ opponent. It’s a massive step from journeyman to live opponent, and remember he was the champion and wanted to keep his title.
“I’ve looked back on the fight and think I could have done more. I wasn’t worried, but I wanted to make sure I could do the 10 easily enough.
“I did, I did it easy, and had a lot left in the tank, so could have put more in there.
“A good finish from Nathan Graham put me down in the ninth, which was a bit unnerving as I’ve never been down before, but I got up and got through the ninth and won the 10th.
“I believe this shows that I am that class now and so Johnny’s done it again and got me another title, this time a step up to 12 rounds with a very similar opponent to Nathan. Chris is a very game kid, a former Masters Champion with plenty of pride.
“It’s going to be a humdinger as he can punch a bit, which will be exciting for the watching crowd,” he concluded.
● Freddie Turner versus Chris Jenkinson, for the British Masters Gold Light-middleweight title, headlines the TRAD TKO Events, in association with Junction 17 Cars and Vic’s Gym, Fast & Furious event at the Cresset, Peterborough on Saturday, March 8.
Tickets, priced £30 (standard Seated) and £50 (ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to buy tickets by phone, call 07960 850645.