1997-07-05 Steve Collins w rsc 3 Craig Cummings, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland - WBO
1997-07-05 Steve Collins w rsc 3 Craig Cummings, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland - WBO. Referee: Roy Francis. On the floor in the opening ten seconds after being caught by a right-left to the temple the champion returned the favour when a thumping right put Cummings (161½) down for the mandatory count not long after. Pushed over at the end of the second and cut below the left eye in the third, Cummings was then put under a constant battering as Collins (167¾) looked to finish the fight. Clearly under the cosh, with with the American not fighting back the referee rescued him at 1.17 of the session.
Due to make a defence against Joe Calzaghe on 11 October, when Collins was forced to relinquish the WBO version of the title at the end of September after sustaining a foot injury in training, Chris Eubank was quickly drafted in to meet the Welshman. A few days later, on 2 October, Collins announced his retirement, his failure to force a championship match against Roy Jones being the main reason.