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Eubank Warrior Code Prevails
Reborn, IBO Super Middleweight Championship
Poxon Sports Promotions, 4th February 2017
Olympia, London, England

For the first ever ITV box office pay per view, it had it’s own teething problems as fighter Joseph Agbeko pulled out on the morning of the fight, luckily for Kid Galahad they were able to call up a fighter on very short notice. There were a total of six fights on the televised card and before I purchased the event I was hearing a lot of people saying they wouldn’t buy the pay per view due to the sub standard appeal of the main event and the feeling was that it was not worthy enough to be a pay per view fight, but I have to say the card was fine and I have definitely seen worse events over the years.

The big heavyweight fight before the main event involved David Price who was looking to rebuild his career after three losses, he brought in German based Romanian fighter Christian Hammer to start the rebuilding process. The fight was a cagey affair to begin with Price being over cautious and Hammer showed no fear by walking the 6ft 8in Liverpudlian down and constantly looking for overhand rights to test his chin.

Both fighters showed signs of fitness issues from as early as the fourth round and with Price starting to take a lot of pressure and needless shots, he somehow managed to get off a combination and ended it with a uppercut that sent the Romanian to the canvas.

As the fight reached the middle rounds both fighters were trading, grabbling and swinging wildly with the hope to take the other one out and near the end of the sixth round Price looked exhausted, the bell appeared to save the Liverpudlian from Hammers pressure. When the seventh round started David Price looked to have no energy left and it was a miracle he was still standing never mind throwing punches, Hammer appeared to be recovering quicker in between the rounds and applied pressure to the fading statuesque Price, with no punches coming back to him Christian bombards David Price with punches and when the referee breaks them apart Price can hardly stand and the referee has no choice but to call a halt to the fight.

What realistically is the future for Price now, he was not prepared to go eight rounds never mind twelve rounds in this fight and he appears light years away from a event with the names he was banding about before this contest, he let Hammer push him around the ring and dominate him so maybe this might be the last time we see David Price and then where does Christian Hammer go from here, there was talk that the winner of this fight could possibly meet the winner of Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury but on this showing I can’t see Hammer worrying any of them.

Now on to the main event, everyone thought this could be all over form one to three rounds, but from the first bell Quinlan came out to the middle of the ring and commanded respect and on my scorecard he won the first round but unfortunately for him that was as good as the night was going to get.

Eubank Jnr didn’t give his opponent any respect in the ring as he strutted around like a show pony showboating and hanging his hands down low, but he also threw exceptional combinations and lunging shots that were catching Quinlan square on his chin and rocking him to his boots. Quinlan is a tough fighter and he refused to let Eubank Jnr think he was being hurt as he followed him around the ring, Quinlan was firing a few shots off his own but he was being outworked and losing rounds fast.

As the rounds go on Jnr is catching Quinlan at ease and at times making his knees buckle, but the Australian comes out in the fifth and tries to impose himself on Eubank but once again Eubank Jnr shows he is a level above him by beating him to the punch and throwing out two, three and four combinations. Quinlan shows his never quit attitude by not shying away but the punches are raining down on him from all angles and eventually they start taking their toll and he starts to slow up and in the sixth round there is a period when Eubank throws about ten punches without anything coming back.

Eubank starts to control the fight from distance and the inside and his weapon of choice is devastating uppercuts which seem to catch Quinlan at will and rock his head back every time and along with a three punch combination of two shots to the body and one to the head Quinlan appears powerless to evade the incoming punches. In the tenth round Eubank is coasting now and dominating Qunilan, who just cant give anymore than he has already give as he has left it all in the ring but he was just outclassed by the better man and the referee has no other option as he is not throwing any punches back so he stops the fight.

Eubank jnr is the new IBO Super Middleweight Champion and from here he will aim to fight the other holders of the belts in the Super Middleweight or Middleweight division as he calls out everyone from James Degale, BJS, & GGG in his post fight interview.


Other results from the night:
Andrew Selby bt Ardin Diale 10 Round Contest (100 to 90 Points Victory)
Selby is the new WBC International Flyweight champion.

Kid Galahad bt Leonel Hernandez 8 Round Contest (3rd Round Retired on Stool)
Featherweight Fight

John Ryder bt Adam Etches (117 – 111, 116 – 112, 118 – 109 Points Victory)
John Ryder is the new IBF International Super Middleweight Champion.

Chris Kongo bt Edvinas Puplauskas (1st Round Stoppage)
Welterweight Fight