By Alan Kidd.
Rocky, Creed, Raging Bull… boxing has a long tradition of bringing heroes to life on the big screen. And just as the noble art is perfectly suited to being depicted on film, what could be better than having the real thing brought to you, up close and in incredible quality, at your local Vue?
On 4th February, Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr will fight Australia’s Renold Quinlan for the title of IBO Super Middleweight Champion of the World. It’s a date with destiny for Eubank, son of one of Britain’s most celebrated champions.
Chris Eubank Sr was a legend in the ring and one of the best-known celebrities of his time. Between 1985 and 1998, he spent more than five years as a world champion, winning 45 out of his 52 professional fights. Eubank Jr is well on the way to equalling his father’s achievements – aged 27, he’s won 23 of his 24 fights to date, 18 of them by knockouts.
I'm the most exciting fighter in Britain.
But Quinlan, too, is a boxer with a formidable record. The reigning IBO champ has won 11 out of his 12 professional fights – so whatever happens when these two climb into the ring, something’s got to give.
Eubank knows his first ever title shot is going to be tough. In a recent interview with GQ magazine, he predicted the Australian will be “coming over here like an absolute beast.” But he’s not short of confidence: “I’m the most exciting fighter in Britain,” he told GQ. “If not the world.”
A fight like this deserves to be seen properly. And rather than watching from your sofa, or while trying to see round someone else’s head in the pub, Vue offers you the chance to experience the drama as every punch lands in pin-sharp quality on the big screen.
Vue will screen the entire programme, including a four-fight undercard, direct from Olympia. It’s part of Vue’s Big Screen Events programme – which as well as live sport brings you theatre, ballet and opera on the best screens in the business.
Rocky, Creed and Raging Bull proved how movies can bring boxing to life. Now, get ready for Vue to turn the real thing into a boxing event like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
The Big Fight Live: Eubank Jr v Quinlan is showing at Vue on 4th February; get times and tickets here.