ITV Box Office has secured exclusive TV rights to broadcast the super-middleweight title fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Renold Quinlan.
The fight, promoted by Poxon Sports in association with Unity Motion, will take place in early 2017 and marks ITV’s entry into pay-per-view broadcasting. A full night of boxing will be shown on ITV4 in the build up to the bout between Eubank Jr and Quinlan, although details of the undercard and a date for the fight remain unconfirmed.
The Big Fight Live, as the event will be known, sees former British middleweight champion Eubank Jr step up to fight at 168lbs for the first time, in a bid to claim the IBO international super-middleweight crown.
Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, said: “Live coverage of this world title fight featuring one of Britain’s most exciting young boxers is an event we hope will appeal to sports fans across the country. Many people will recall watching Chris Eubank Jr’s father in action in some of his most memorable fights on ITV, so it feels fitting for the Eubank name to feature in the first broadcast on our new channel.”
“It’s an exciting time for British boxing,” added promoter Richard Poxon. “We have many world champions, fantastic prospects and sold-out arenas. As a boxing fan, I was lucky to grow up in a golden age for the sport in Britain, which was shaped by its coverage on ITV. Big shows featuring British box office names such as Eubank, Benn and Hamed were regular events and left me with vivid memories. So now to have the opportunity to stage this event with the support of ITV is fantastic."
Chris Eubank Jr has not competed since stopping Tom Doran in June. He was widely expected to fight Gennady Golovkin in September but discussions broke down, leading Eubank to split from promoter Matchroom Boxing.
Quinlan knocked out fellow Australian Daniel Geale in the second round of their October clash to claim the vacant IBO international super-middleweight strap.