2000-04-29 Keith Holmes w rsc 11 Robert McCracken, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - WBC

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2000-04-29 Keith Holmes w rsc 11 Robert McCracken, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - WBC. Referee: Alfred Asaro. Being inactive for over a year did not help the challenger’s cause when trying to wrest the title from Holmes (158). Boxing off the back foot Holmes’ southpaw skills were too much for the brave McCracken (159½), who was dropped by a hard left to the side of the head in the third before cuts appeared around both eyes and his left eye began to close in round five. Although McCracken tried to find a way through Holmes’ defences it was not his night, and even after the American had a point deducted for holding in the tenth he came on strong to have the Brummie stumbling and on the verge of going down. There was little action in the 11th, but when McCracken’s left eye began to worsen the referee gave it a few moments before calling the fight off on the 2.24 mark.