Lennox Lewis: Chris Eubank Jr. will tell us if Renold Quinlan belongs at world level

Mark Robinson

Renold Quinlan hits the spotlight for the first time this weekend as the IBO Super-middleweight title holder prepares to trade blows with Briton’s exciting contender Chris Eubank Jr.

The fairly unknown Aussie, who picked up the belt with a stoppage win over an aged Daniel Geale, gets the chance to put his name in lights at the Olympia in London, with boxing superstars Andre Ward and Lennox Lewis overlooking the action.

Lewis joins Ward in calling the bouts on ITV Box Office this Saturday night and the former heavyweight king is looking forward to seeing what Quinlan has to offer the 168 pound division.

“I can’t say I know much about Quinlan but he’s the champ and there’s a reason for that so, even though Eubanks may be a bigger name, you can’t take him lightly,” Lewis told ITV Box Office.

“Quinlan has only had half the fights that Eubank Jr. has had so this will be a big challenge for him so come in against someone with that experience and in their prime.

“Even though he has the title, with so few fights, Quinlan has kind of been in a bubble fighting in Australia. This fight will really let us know if he’s the truth and really belongs in the conversation on the world stage.”

Quinlan, 27, lost a debated decision to compatriot Jack Carr back in 2014 but has since won three bouts via knockout on his way to picking up the International Boxing Organisation title Eubank hopes to snatch away.