Luke Turner hasn't given up hopes of fighting Blake Ferguson. Photo: Goulburn Post
Luke Turner, the Goulburn footballer recruited to take on rugby league bad boy Blake Ferguson, hopes his fight with the former Raiders and NSW star is rescheduled.
Turner was set to take on Ferguson on the undercard of the Shane Mosley v Anthony Mundine fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night.
However, those plans were scuttled when Mosley sensationally boarded a plan to LA on Tuesday morning and walked away from the bout because of a dispute over money.
Blake Ferguson at the Anthony Mundine gym last week. Photo: Edwina Pickles
While Mosley wanted the remaining $700,000 of the $1 million he was owed for the fight paid in full before took to the ring, Turner will miss out on a paycheck of several hundred dollars.
The 22-year-old has been making the four-hour round trip from Goulburn to Campbelltown every day for the past week after working his day job as an excavator driver.
Turner was shattered by the news and initially hoped it was a publicity stunt to drum up more interest.
‘‘I’ve been stressed all week and to hear today that it’s been cancelled is very disappointing,’’ Turner said.
‘‘Hopefully we can work it out and get a chance to go out there and do my thing.
‘‘Me being a normal bloke, it’s a big thing for it to happen for me.’’
Turner’s previous fight against another bush footballer ended in a draw.
He only began serious training last week after being a late call-up to take on Ferguson in front of several thousand fans and a pay-per-view television audience.
Turner was earmarked as the perfect opponent for Ferguson in his first foray into the sport.
There was speculation Mundine’s fight with Mosley could be rescheduled in as little as six weeks, with Mundine’s manager Khoder Nasser taking over as the promoter.
If that was the case, Turner would jump at the chance of getting his opportunity against Ferguson.
That would depend on Ferguson’s future in the NRL and whether he still wanted to take on the fight.
Ferguson hasn’t signed with a club for next year and would need a clearance from the NRL if he did.
‘‘That might be better, give me a bit longer to try and prepare rather than a week,’’ Turner said.
‘‘In saying that, he might change his mind and decide not to, who knows.
‘‘It’d be good to actually learn how to box properly instead of trying to squeeze everything into a week.’’