Blake Ferguson loses first fight
Ex Canberra Raiders player Blake Ferguson was on the back foot for the majority of his boxing debut against Luke Turner on Wednesday night, the undercard to the Mundine-Mosley pair up.PT0M48S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yby1 620 349 November 28, 2013
After a series of poor decisions, former Canberra Raider Blake Ferguson abandoned his rugby league career, letting rare sporting talent go to waste.
I failed miserably. But I don't care, I'm happy.
But on Wednesday night he relished being back in the heat of battle.
Bam: Rookie heavyweight and former footballer Luke Turner lands a heavy right on NRL bad boy turned Mundine protege Blake Ferguson. Photo: Getty Images
Even if the fallen NSW star looked a fish out of water in boxing gloves rather than football boots.
"I failed miserably. But I don't care, I'm happy," he said.
And with that Ferguson will now turn his attention to resurrecting his NRL career for next season, striving for a second chance in a sport where he excels.
Blake Ferguson loses debut bout
Blake Ferguson fights Luke Turner during a heavyweight bout. Photo: Getty Images
The 23-year-old was convincingly beaten in his heavyweight boxing debut by Goulburn excavator Luke Turner at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday night but, for Ferguson, the result didn't really seem to matter.
Despite being outclassed, it was clear he enjoyed the experience, smiling throughout and congratulating Turner in the ring afterwards.
Training under the guidance of mentor Anthony Mundine gave Ferguson much-needed direction and focus, after alcohol contributed to his life spiralling out of control.
However, the sternest test for Ferguson is yet to come.
There's a pending court case over a charge of indecent assault, to which he's pleaded not guilty.
And even though South Sydney, Cronulla and the Warriors are seemingly queuing up for his signature, Ferguson must first gain approval of the NRL and its integrity unit before he's allowed to play.
Even if Ferguson has burnt some bridges in NRL-land after walking out on Canberra, Wednesday night proved he still enjoys a lot of support from players.
Former Raiders teammates Joel Thompson and Josh Dugan were also at the arena, as were prospective Cronulla teammates Todd Carney, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou and Jeff Robson were in attendance cheering him on, and a man he could potentially play alongside next year, South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt.
Ferguson said he was grateful for the support friends and family have shown for him.
"All the boys were there. I tried to get as many people as I could here," Ferguson told AAP.
"It was awesome for them to get out here. I spoke to Joel Thompson after the fight and he just said that I had a good crack. He's one of my best mates.
"It was a good experience and good to get some of the NRL boys here, and try and put on a show. I failed miserably, But I don't care, I'm happy.
"I've been really well supported. I've got good friends, got good family. All you can ask for."
Ferguson won't rule out fighting again, but said that was in the hands of his agent, Khoder Nasser.
He said boxing has helped get him to a good place.
"I just enjoy my life," he said. "I've got little cousins that look up to me and I'm trying to guide them in the right journey."