1992-06-27 Chris Eubank w pts 12 Ron Essett, Quinto Do Lago Hotel, Quinta Do Lago, Portugal - WBO
1992-06-27 Chris Eubank w pts 12 Ron Essett, Quinto Do Lago Hotel, Quinta Do Lago, Portugal - WBO. Referee: Roberto Ramirez. Scorecards: 117-112, 117-113, 118-110. Once again the champion was unable to close down a negative opponent, allowing the light-hitting Essett (166) to score with flicking jabs and remain in the fight when boxing in a haphazard fashion. Even though Eubank (168) occasionally scored heavily he was unable to set the American up for a finishing blow. By the seventh session, when it was clear that Eubank needed to up the pace he began to put in more effort, hurting Essett and flooring him in the eighth. It should have incurred a count, but after the referee ruled it a slip Eubank was unable to improve on that despite having his man in trouble up against the ropes in the ninth. Although Eubank won by a unanimous decision there were many who thought that the contest was closer than scored.