Chris Eubank Jr vs Renold Quinlan & David Price vs Christian Hammer
BY KID HERSH
From the Olympia in Kensington, London, came a bit of a stay busy fight for Chris Eubank Jr. and a potential comeback fight for David Price. Eubank Jr is looking to get a big fight with the top dogs at 160 and 168lbs as he has been a lot of talk but not a lot of action. He is a 100/1 favorite in this fight so he needs to impress in the new weight class (168lbs tonight), Lennox Lewis and Andre Ward were on the commentating team, which is interesting to see.
First up was David Price (21-3, 18KO's) vs Christian Hammer (20-4, 11KO's). Price did a good job of keeping Hammer at a distance in the first round. He was hitting Hammer with his jab and then also landed a couple of bombs of right hands. Hammer took them well, smiling, but they stung for sure. Hammer got more aggressive in the second round and Price was looking to tie him up but Hammer was having none of it. Hammer also had success at the end of the round, hitting him with a left hook that seemed to take the confidence out of Price - which we have seen in the past. The fight had ebb and flow action in the third round as Price allowed Hammer to back him into the ropes as Hammer landed a right uppercut that hurt Price, but that was the only blow Hammer landed well as he was not landing the same shots that gave him success in previous rounds. Price then got his jab going and was able to press Hammer back and take some steam out of him. Hammer was really breathing heavy by the end of the third. Both men were extremely weary but we had fireworks in the fifth round as Price was fading and Hammer was looking like he might have the opportunity to take him out but then suddenly Price burst out with a combination that ended with a right uppercut that sent Hammer to the canvas. Hammer rose and made it the remaining seconds. In the sixth round Price was so tired that he could barely stand up - literally - due to exhaustion not damage taken. Price did not recover in the seventh as his gas tank was still on complete empty and the fight was stopped due to him nearly falling over from exhaustion again.
Main event time featuring Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18KO's) vs Renold Quinlan (11-1, 7KO's). in the first round Eubank was showing extreme confidence as he danced and boxed his man. Quinlan could not get anything going and was not able to touch Eubank when he did throw. This continued through the next couple rounds until late in the third round Eubank got even more aggressive, backing Quinlan into the ropes and unleashing vicious power shots in his athletic manner where you cannot predict where they are coming from. Quinlan was taking Eubanks shots well but he still was not able to get any sort of an offense mounted until in the fifth round he got his right hand landing on Eubank. The punch was having no effect, however, as Eubank is in supreme physical conditioning and always moving so the punches seem to have less of an effect as he is not moving into them or stationary. This continued until the final minute of the sixth round when Eubank hurt Quinlan with a left/riught combination that sent him back into the ropes. He made it through the remainder of the round despite Eubank smelling blood and going for it due to being a pretty cagey guy, knowing how to stay evasive with his upper body and clinching. In the seventh round it looked like Eubank was breaking down Quinlan in pieces, with left hooks and right hands that are now landing cleaner by the minute. This continued through the eighth round and then in the ninth it looked like Eubank nearly took his man out when he backed him into the ropes midway through the round and unloaded his hardest and best shots, landing most of them. Quinlans head was snapping around like a bobblehead but again he was just savvy enough and just tough enough to make it through the onslaught. Eubank is in insane conditioning, and he used it to get the stoppage in the tenth round with another athletic onslaught. Quinlan was extremely tough but taking flush blows that were snapping his head and weakening him so the referee stopped the bout due to him just not having a chance in this fight anymore more so than him being defenseless.