1993-05-15 Chris Eubank drew 12 Ray Close, Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland - WBO
1993-05-15 Chris Eubank drew 12 Ray Close, Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland - WBO. Referee: Paul Thomas. Scorecards: 116-112, 113-116, 115-115. Having beaten Vincenzo Nardiello in Italy Close (168) had certainly earned his crack at the champion, but regardless of that the Irishman was not really expected to pose too many problems. Setting a fast pace from the opening bell Close worked away with both hands, and even when occasionally hurt by right uppercuts he kept it together to match Eubank (168) blow for blow. Cut by the left eye in the eighth, after Eubank began to put more urgency into his work he found a gap in Close’s defences in the 11th to fire in a right uppercut to the jaw that dropped the latter heavily. Although it seemed to be all over, Close amazingly got up at ‘eight’ before taking the fight to the fast-tiring Eubank who appeared lucky to retain his title at the final bell.