WEST Warrnambool star Karl Turner is hoping he can deliver knockout blows in two different sports in a week.
The English all-rounder will be a key figure in Saturday’s Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division one semi-final against Woodford after an impressive season with both bat and ball.
The 26-year-old enters the match on a mission, just days after completing the other aim of his trip down under — winning an amateur boxing bout.
Turner, who grew up watching fights with his boxing enthusiast grandfather back home, claimed victory in his first amateur fight in Melbourne last Sunday. The referee stopped the scheduled three-round bout in the second, awarding Turner a technical knockout.
“Happy as,” Turner said of the result.
“I got nervous before I got in the ring but it couldn’t have gone any better.
“He had two standing eight counts and then on the third one they stopped it.”
Turner said he was worried about not making the weight for the fight, running in a sweat jacket on Saturday and Sunday mornings. But he easily made the 75kg.
He wants to extend his boxing career when he returns to England.
“It could be next week or the week after,” he said. His focus now is helping the Panthers to their second premiership in three seasons.
Turner said being dismissed for a duck on the first day of West’s match against Dennington had hurt, leaving him to watch on last Saturday as the side suffered its first defeat of the season.
“It was a weird feeling,” he said. “It’s just head down now. It’s back to what I came to do — win a flag with West Warrnambool.”
Turner said he wanted to extend his stay in Warrnambool as long as he could. If West is bundled out of the premiership on the weekend, he will be on a plane within 72 hours.
The left-handed batsman is a certainty for the association’s team of the year and should figure in cricketer of the year voting. He has peeled off 668 runs at an average of 74.2 and taken 16 wickets at an average of 20.
Turner said the club would train tonight.