Turley dreaming of hitting the lottery with an eliminator win

Turley dreaming of hitting the lottery with an eliminator win

Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley (13-5, 3KO) is focused on fulfilling a childhood promise to himself when he faces Devon’s Jamie Speight (12-6, 1KO) on Friday. The super-bantamweights meet in a British title eliminator in Bristol on Sanigar Events’ ‘The Mexican’ show at the City Academy and the Welshman will be one win away from securing a shot at his career goal. Turley said, “I promised myself as a kid, I will win a British title. To get this chance, against a beatable opponent is great. Now I’ve fallen back in love with boxing and been training so hard. “This is my chance to shine and I think that’s what I think is going to happen. It means a lot to me, it’s like my lottery ticket really. I don’t know how to explain it really, I’m just over the moon and buzzing for it. “We could be one away from what I’ve dreamed of, the chance to achieve of what I’ve dreamed of all my life.” Like Turley, Speight’s career has had its ups and downs but the Englishman has gained a wealth of experience over the ten round distance, completing it six times. Plus, the two-weight Southern Area champion enters the biggest bout of his career with a reasonable amount of notice, something that has sometimes been missing from his preparation in the past. Wary of the threat Speight poses, Turley said, “This is his [Speight’s] chance, as well as mine and he’ll be just as buzzing as me. This is an eliminator, so guaranteed he’s training hard. I know it should be a hard fight for us both. “Everyone who we’ve fought the same, I’ve beaten better than him, wider on points or stopped them. But I’m not taking anything for granted because he’s been in with a lot of good boys since my break, y’know? “When I’ve looked at him, he boxes quite similar to me. He’s a bit more rugged and raw, not as slick as me, tries to be but I think I’m a lot more skilled. He tries to switch as well but he leaves himself open. I’ll have to be smart.” Despite Welsh and Celtic title success in the past, Turley has always seemed to expect more from himself. The 27-year-old certainly planned for a better performance in his last contest when he was stopped by Dai Davies for a second time but he insists lessons have been learned from the experience. Turley said, “It’s like, I’ve been in with good boys and done really well, other times I’ve lost to some not so good boys and I’ve been rubbish. I believe I have losses on my card to boys I shouldn’t have, y’know? I lost fair and square last time but I believe I shouldn’t be losing to people like that. “After having two and a half years out [Turley’s license was withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control due to a medical query that was later satisfied] and only eight rounds in to my comeback, it was a big ask. To be honest, I’d fallen out of love with the game. “After the way I felt boxing treated me during my break, I went along with it but I didn’t love it… not like I do now. I was against someone who was active and in his hometown, it was all against me really and it showed.” That failed attempt of revenge over Davies in July was for the Welsh featherweight championship, 4lbs north of where Turley usually operates. On returning to super-bantamweight, where the switch-hitter says he’ll be hungrier both physically and mentally, he’s left no stone unturned in training. Turley said, “I’ve had great preparation, great sparring too. I’ve been sparring Gary [Buckland, former British super-featherweight champion] and Frankie [Borg, Welsh middleweight champion] who is a bigger boy. “I’ve been travelling to Bristol to spar [world rated bantamweight] Lee Haskins and it’s been good that I’ve sparred someone a bit lighter than me, because I never get to do that. I’m always the fastest and they’re always the strongest but I’ve been able to spar like a chess match and improve the technical side of it. “The show has been delayed twice but it’s been extra time to prepare. It was disappointing but it’s good to get the fight this side of Christmas and in the end, everything has gone good.”

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