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Aust boxer Quinlan woos London crowd

Press Association logoPress Association 3/01/2017 Declan Warrington

Rising Australian boxer Renold Quinlan is hoping to be the crowd favourite against England's Chris Eubank Jnr, even though their February 4 fight is in London.

Preparing to defend the IBO super-middleweight title he won by knocking out countryman Daniel Geale in two rounds in October, Quinlan has also predicted he'll knock out Eubank Jnr, whose only previous defeat was via a split decision.

The sporting rivalry between Australia and England is strong but, like his father Chris Eubank, the promising Eubank Jnr divides opinion.

So far against overseas opponents the 27-year-old has felt British fans' support, but Quinlan is optimistic there will be enough desperate to witness him stopped for the first time in his career.

"From what I've been told not many people like Eubank and, if that's the case, I hope you all come to witness me knock him out," said Quinlan.

"This is going to be an absolute war.

"I know Eubank is tough but my plan is to fight my own fight and take him into deep water. Most of his wins have come by stoppage. I've never been stopped before so he can forget about that.

"I expect to stop him late in the fight. He has never faced anyone like me and he will feel it from my first punch."

Quinlan, whose father is Aboriginal and mother Fijian, has been a sparring partner of Anthony Mundine who has long praised his ability.

From Port Macquarie, the 27-year-old Quinlan now boasts an 11-1, 7KO record.

Though the fight is Eubank Jnr's first at super-middleweight, he is considered a significant favourite against the little-known Quinlan, but the latter insists he is travelling to the UK in an attempt to challenge himself, not be a near-defenceless opponent.

"It (Australia) is a country that loves its boxing and tough fighters and that's what I am," he said.

"After knocking out Daniel Geale and becoming the IBO super middleweight champion, the last thing I wanted to do was take a easy fight. I want the best and nothing else.

"I'm coming over to excite the fans. All of my fights have been like that and I don't intend on changing anything."

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