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Ray Close boxer

Ray Close image
Status inactive
Division super middleweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Debut 1988-10-19
Born 1969-01-20
Nationality United Kingdom
Residence Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
bouts
29
won
25
lost
3
draw
1
bouts
29
won
25
lost
3
draw
1
Status inactive
Division super middleweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Debut 1988-10-19
Born 1969-01-20
Nationality United Kingdom
Residence Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Close turned professional in October 1988, winning his first fight at the Ulster Hall, Belfast, when he knocked out Manchester's Steve Foster in the second of six rounds on a card that included fellow Northern Irish boxers Eammon Loughran and Sam Storey.In his seventh bout he beat Rocky McGran to win the vacant Irish Super Middleweight title. He successfully defended the title against Terry Magee, the older brother of Eamonn and Noel, in Dublin in 1991. In 1993, he defeated Vincenzo Nardiello to win the EBU European Super Middleweight title in Italy.

Close turned professional in October 1988, winning his first fight at the Ulster Hall, Belfast, when he knocked out Manchester's Steve Foster in the second of six rounds on a card that included fellow Northern Irish boxers Eammon Loughran and Sam Storey.In his seventh bout he beat Rocky McGran to win the vacant Irish Super Middleweight title. He successfully defended the title against Terry Magee, the older brother of Eamonn and Noel, in Dublin in 1991. In 1993, he defeated Vincenzo Nardiello to win the EBU European Super Middleweight title in Italy.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
June 7, 1997 Larry Willis DWLLL Hawthorne Race Course, Cicero WIN
Technical knockout
May 9, 1997 David Pearson LLLLLL Expo Center, Dolton WIN
Technical knockout
April 26, 1997 Donald Tucker WLLLLL Hawthorne Race Course, Cicero WIN
KO
Nov. 15, 1996 Jake Torrance LLLDLL Fiesta Palace, Waukegan WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 26, 1996 Terry Ford WLLWLW Union Hall, Countryside WIN
Unanimous decision
May 21, 1994 Chris Eubank WWWDDW Kings Hall, Belfast World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

LOSS
Split-decision
Oct. 16, 1993 Ray Domenge WLWWWW Kings Hall, Belfast WIN
Technical knockout
May 15, 1993 Chris Eubank WWWWWW Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

DRAW
Split-decision
March 17, 1993 Vincenzo Nardiello LWWWWW Campione d'Italia EBU European Super Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 18, 1992 Jean-Roger Tsidjo WWWWWW Zenith d'Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand EBU European Super Middleweight

WIN
Points
July 3, 1992 Frank Nicotra WWWWWW Pontault Combault EBU European Super Middleweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
April 25, 1992 Ian Chantler WLWLLL Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 11, 1991 Terry Magee WWWWLL National Stadium, Dublin WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 13, 1991 Simon Collins LLLLLL Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast WIN
Points
Sept. 7, 1991 Carlos Christie LWWLWL Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast WIN
Points
May 11, 1991 Carlos Christie WLWWLW Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast WIN
Points
Sept. 15, 1990 Ray Webb WWWL Kings Hall, Belfast WIN
Points
May 23, 1990 Rocky McGran WWWWLL Kings Hall, Belfast WIN
Corner retirement
March 17, 1990 Denys Cronin WLWLWL Kings Hall, Belfast WIN
Points
Feb. 21, 1990 Frank Eubank LLWW Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
Points
Dec. 13, 1989 Denys Cronin LLWLWL Sports Centre, Kirkby LOSS
Points
Nov. 29, 1989 Seamus Casey WWLLLW Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
KO
Oct. 31, 1989 Rocky McGran WWWWWL Ulster Hall, Belfast vacant BUI Ireland National Super Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 19, 1989 Gary Pemberton LWLLLW Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
Points
April 12, 1989 Dennis White LWWW Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
Technical knockout
March 8, 1989 Andy Wright LWWLLL Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 25, 1989 BK Bennett LLLLLL Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 14, 1988 Kevin Roper LWLDLL Sports Centre, Kirkby WIN
Points
Oct. 19, 1988 Steve Foster WLWLLL Ulster Hall, Belfast WIN
Technical knockout