Chris Eubank Jr v Renold Quinlan Preview: Betting Offers, Tips and Odds, 4th February 2017
Can Chris Eubank Jr win the IBO super-middleweight title on Saturday night when he faces the little-known Renold Quinlan?
Betting Tips and Offers
Next Gen is stepping up in weight class as he’s eying an opportunity to land a belt, which he’s hoping will lead to bigger contests with other champions. The challenger is best priced at 1/33 with Ladbrokes to win this one, so it seems like he’s set to become a champion.
This is Quinlan’s first title defence, after winning the exact belt last month. There’s a lot of pressure on the Australian, as this is his first fight outside of his homeland. He’s coming in as a 16/1 outsider with 888Sport. 888sport will triple that, so you could get 48/1! Can the Dunghutti Destroyer cause a shock at the Olympia, or will this be yet another easy win for Eubank Jr? Given that he seems to have hand-picked this as a straightforward bout, it’s hard to see anything but a win for the challenger.
Quinlan Has a Decent Record?
Quinlan is getting ready for his 13th professional fight, and he does boast a strong 11-1 record. However, those wins have all been against smaller fighters from his own country, this is certainly a step up in competition for the champion. Is defending this title in Eubank Jr’s home a wise move? It does feel like he’s taking a risk with this fight, stepping up a little too soon.
The Australian has been worried ahead of this one, criticising the lack of promotion ahead of his biggest fight to date. He threatened to pull out unless Eddie Hearn stepped in to promote this one, while he claimed that it was affecting his training. He told the Daily Mirror, “I’ve been training well but I’m not 100 per cent focused now. I have a feeling it’s going to get pulled.”
The fight has showed no sign of being pulled, but it’s worrying for Quinlan that he admits to not being focused. Ahead of a huge bout for him he really can’t afford to come out undercooked. That’s a huge advantage to Eubank Jr, who has decided to train himself ahead of this contest. Despite that, we still expect him to come in to this fight in much better shape than the champion, judging by their recent comments.
The BettingOffers Verdict
We have to back Eubank Jr to win this, especially since he’s won all but one of his 24 bouts, with 18 of those coming by knockout. He’s not really made the best choices in terms of opponent, with safe bouts holding back his progress. Tough negotiating cost him a fight with Gennady Golovkin, and now he’s up against an unknown for a title which is mocked by many.
It does seem like this is what Eurbank Jr wants, and he seems convinced that winning this title will help secure a huge fight in the future. We see Next Gen recording a straightforward victory here, so we’re backing him to win between rounds one and six, which is priced at odds of 8/11 with Sky Bet (£20 free bets). His last outing saw him win in the fourth, and it’s worth backing a repeat of that at 7/1 with Betfair.