Eubank stops Quinlan for IBO middleweight belt

February 5, 2017
Chris Eubank Jr stopped Renold Quinlan in the 10th round in London's Olympia
Chris Eubank Jr stopped Renold Quinlan in the 10th round in London’s Olympia

CHRIS EUBANK JUNIOR stormed into the record books when he totally demolished Renold Quinlan at London’s Olympia.

Junior needed ten rounds to rip the IBO world supermiddleweight crown from the Aussies head.

It means dad Chris Senior and his lad Chris Junior is the first time a father and son have won world titles.

Senior won his first world title back in 1990 when he defeated Nigel Benn as a 24-year-old and by the time he had reached 27, his son’s age, he had defended the world title 11 times.

But make no mistake this was a bitterly hard fought win with Quinlan surprising everyone with his rock hard chin and real grit.

Yet the gulf in experience was obvious from the first bell with Eubank having twice the number of fights even though they are both 27.

Young Eubank though was cautious of Quinlan’s power that caught his previous opponent Daniel Geale stone cold.

It was supposed to be an easy night’s work for Eubank but he was stunned at Quinlan’s staying power.

Junior wanted to show he has well and truly stepped out of his dad Chris Senior’s shadow and took command of the ring with explosive shots backed up by vicious body punches that had an immediate effect.

Proud Quinlan – part-aboriginie, part-Fijian – promised fans a ring war and they got it but it was Eubank who had control of the fight from the moment referee Howard Foster waved the fighters to the centre of the ring.

Many insisted it was only a case of what round would Eubank hold aloft his first world championship belt as he went to work.

But Quinlan showed no fear in the opening round and took the fight to his rival, landing decent shots that forced Eubank to fight off the back foot to earn the round.

Eubank went into showman mode in the second, rolling his shoulders and shuffling his feet to bring a smile to Quinlan’s face.

But in the third that smile as wiped off by Eubank who produced some dazzling combinations that brought roars of approval from the 3,000 crowd.

Round four saw Quinlan caught cold by a quickfire left and Eubank steadily increased the pressure with stinging combinations that made their mark.

In the fifth Quinlan was forced to soak up the shots and at times looked startled at getting hit so easily.

Somehow Quinlan survived the sixth taking an incredible amount of punishment that started with a chilling upper cut that landed flush on his jaw.

Eubank moved in close to finish it off but just couldn’t find enough power to put his rival down and he increased his points lead in the seventh with a composed display against Quinlan who stood up to whatever junior had in his armoury.

With Quinlan taking more punishment in the eighth you started to question whether it was the Aussie’s granite hard chin keeping him upright or Eubank’s lack of real power to finish the job.

And again in the ninth Eubank hit an easy target with Quinlan trapped on the ropes under a barrage of uppercuts and short right hooks.

Finally the one way barrage proved too much for referee Howard Foster and he stepped in to end the fight mid-way through the tenth.


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