Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Upset of the Year: Renold Quinlan

INACTIVITY has plagued the career of Renold Quinlan.

Since turning professional in 2008, the hard-hitting Indigenous slugger has fought just thirteen times. So it came as little surprise when Quinlan was tabbed as a heavy underdog against former unified middleweight champion Daniel Geale.

Their twelve round title fight, for the vacant IBO super middleweight title, saw Quinlan step-up to championship level distance, having only gone ten rounds just once prior in a defeat against Jake Carr for the Australian super middleweight title.

Despite being winless since 2014, the general consensus was that Geale would be too technically savvy and experienced for Quinlan, having fought elite operators for the best part of a near decade. The Tasmanian had been knocked out twice in his last three outings, but they came at the hands of future Hall of Famers Gennady Golovkin and Miguel Cotto, respectively.

Quinlan quashed any rumours about his ability with relative ease, flooring Geale with a short hook in the second stanza, who fell with his back towards the ropes. Upon finding his feet, Geale looked unfit to continue and appeared to be on unsteady legs, prompting Gary Ingraham to call the fight.

“Now that I have a version of the world title I’m ready to take on anyone at super middleweight, or I’ll even fight the big names at middleweight,” proclaimed Quinlan post-fight. “Let boxers like Felix Sturm and Badou Jack know I’m ready, or I’ll happily take on GGG.”

“I’m putting the world on notice. I’m ready to be Australia’s next boxing star. I’m in a place where no man will get in my way.”

Quinlan lost his IBO super middleweight strap in his first title defence, falling in ten rounds to Chris Eubank Jr. in February.

Previous Winners:

2014: Rob Powdrill (vs. Damien Hooper)
2015: Jack Asis (vs. Kye MacKenzie)

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