Andre Ward: Chris Eubank Jr. has to get through Renold Quinlan before the big names

Stacey Verbeek

Pound for pound king Andre Ward has given his views on the IBO super-middleweight title clash between Renold Quinlan and Chris Eubank Jr. after being named as an ITV Box Office analyst.

The undefeated 32 year-old, who defeated Sergey Kovalev in November to take his place as the world’s best fighter, has urged Eubank Jr. not to think about mixing it with the likes of James DeGale and George Groves until he secures the championship against the tough Australian next month.

“This is going to be an entertaining fight between two hungry fighters who are both looking to put themselves on the map,” Ward told ITV Box Office.

“Chris Eubank Jnr has said he wants fights with some of the big names in the super middleweight division but he will have to get through Renold Quinlan first.

“This is a fresh start for him after an eight-month absence from the ring and he will be fighting for the first time under his new promoter.

“Renold Quinlan is certainly no pushover and doesn’t seem the least bit intimidated about fighting 10,000 miles from home.

“He doesn’t have the experience Eubank has, but his knockout win over Daniel Geale proved that he is comfortable in the role of an underdog and that he will be coming to fight in his first bout outside his native Australia,” he added.

Eubank is a strong favourite to overwhelm Quinlan in what will be an ITV Box Office first on February 4, whilst the Brighton man will also be making his debut at the weight following some success at 160 pounds.

Ward will be part of the commentating team for Eubank v Quinlan, live and exclusive on ITV Box Office on February 4th.

Also on the card will be the mouth-watering match-ups between David Price v Christian Hammer, Kid Galahad v Joseph Agbeko, Adam Etches v John Ryder and Andrew Selby v Ardin Diale.

For details on how to view the fight, go to www.itvboxoffice.co.uk