World and European Thai Boxing champion Luke Turner has attracted interest from the Far East.
The talented 24-year-old, who owns Skin City tattoo studio in Padiham, will soon be making his way to Tokyo, Japan, to take on Krush champion Hideaki Yamazaki.
Luke’s opponent, a WILDRUSH league winner, took the title from Liver Kick’s number six ranked lightweight Thomas Adamandopoulos in March when landing a unanimous verdict at Korakuen Hall.
And should the Burnley-born fighter register victory in the Japanese capital, he could secure a lucrative contract with the renowned organisation.
“I’ve been offered a fight on a show called Krush in Tokyo,” he said. “That’s a massive honour and a huge achievement because there’s possibilities of landing a contract. It could be career changing for me. I can’t wait and it’s what I’ve been aiming for since I was little.
“I’m confident ahead of it, especially after my last performance. This could open up a lot more doors.”
Luke’s last performance, just days ago, earned him the European championship belt as he defeated Swedish foe Jonas Berglund in Leeds. Despite a 12-month break to complete a Thai and South East Asia Studies degree, Luke obliterated the Scandinavian over five rounds and earned a unanimous verdict. Berglund was left requiring 27 stitches on his face following a barrage of devastating elbow blows.
“I hadn’t fought in a year because of my university exams,” said Luke. “It took me a few rounds to shake off the ring rust but then I came in to it. I cut him open with elbows and in the end he needed 27 stitches around his eyes and forehead.
“It was a hard fight. He was a really tough opponent; big and strong. I’m really happy to get another title under my belt.”
Luke was crowned ISKA Thai Boxing king of the world when defeating seasoned fighter “Rung” at Leeds United’s Elland Road two years ago. He trains out of the illustrious Bad Company gym in West Yorkshire and Burnley’s Hakuda gym.