Chris Eubank Jr is set to take on Renold Quinlan on February 4th for the IBO Super Middleweight Title at the Lee Valley Leisure Centre. The fight is now just under 4 weeks away and seems ever so far from being a success.
Rumor is that ticket sales have been abysmal and the leisure centre is far from being sold out, but that doesn’t matter because viewers can get it on their TV’s in ITV’s return to boxing on Pay Per View, for just £20.
The fight – for the IBO super-middleweight title – is being promoted by Richard Poxon who previously worked with Ricky Hatton, but Quinlan, who will be paid $55,000 (£44,000) for the bout, wants Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn to step in and rescue it.
If he can’t, the Australian is prepared to pull out. He said: “There are no flights booked for me.“They wanted me to come over early to build the fight up but I said that’s their job. My wife is pregnant and could go into labour at any time.”
“I’m thinking of walking away and getting a big fight. I’d be happy to fight someone else, I’d love to fight on the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko undercard.” – THE MIRROR.com
Despite being under 4 weeks away, there has not been a single press conference held for this fight, and hardly any TV promotion at all. We are yet to see ITV promote the fight on their free to air channels, a move which is absolutely crucial in giving the fight all this exposure it needs, as the Eubank’s are short of a credible promoter.
Chris Eubank Jr has also came out and said he will be training himself for this fight which is not the course of action you would expect a fighter to take on his journey to his first ‘world title’ as they keep reminding us of.
When people buy tickets to an event, or even plan on spending money to purchase an event, they expect to see a media press conference in which they can engage with the fighters, and they also expect to see a jam-packed undercard if they are to be investing their hard-earned money into it, and this fight has neither.
If I woke up to the news that this fight had been pulled I wouldn’t be the slightest bit shocked at all, it seems to be doomed from the start. However you can see boxing on free to air tv come January 21st when Robbie Davies Jr will defend his WBA Continental Super Lightweight Title against Willie Limond at the Preston Guildhall. Tickets available by calling – 01772 804444