WBA Ti­tle Next For Quin­lan

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In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) newly crowned world su­per mid­dleweight cham­pion Renold Vatubua Quin­lan is plan­ning to take a one-week break in Fiji. Speak­ing to SUNs­ports from Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day Quin­lan said he was look­ing for­ward to meet up with his fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

“It’s prob­a­bly the best way to re­lax af­ter a big fight,” Quin­lan whose mum hails from Viwa, Bau in Tailevu said. Quin­lan in­di­cated that of now, they are look­ing at fight­ing the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) world su­per mid­dleweight cham­pion Felix Sturm. “He’s next on the list but we are hop­ing to fi­nalise ev­ery­thing about the fight in De­cem­ber.”

Quin­lan said he is grate­ful to the Lord Je­sus Christ for his sec­ond round win over for­mer world cham­pion, Daniel Geale, last Fri­day night. “They’ve al­ways un­der­es­ti­mated me but I was con­fi­dent and even I told my han­dlers to write 7 on my ban­dages as to in­di­cate that the fight was not go­ing to go past the sev­enth round. I thank the Lord for giv­ing me the strength to do the job and as of now I also wish Daniel Geale the best for his fu­ture.” Quin­lan’s un­cle cum trainer Lepani Wil­son said they have again proved crit­ics wrong. “First we had wanted to go for a WBA world ti­tle fight but the WBA pres­i­dent ad­vised us to beat Geale first and then we are in for the big one. I’m glad we took heed of that ad­vice,” Wil­son said.

Quin­lan, with only 12 pro­fes­sional fights to his name, fin­ished off the for­mer world cham­pion with a dev­as­tat­ing left-right com­bi­na­tion 70 sec­onds in round two, quicker than Gen­nady Golovkin and Miguel Cotto man­aged in their re­cent vic­to­ries over Geale.

Photo: The Mer­cury

Renold Quin­lan de­feated Daniel Geale in round two to win the IBO su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle last Fri­day. On the left trainer Lepani Wil­son.

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