Eubank had been undefeated going into this fight and was conducting his 15th defence of his WBO title, with a 41-0-2 record, but there had been plenty of signs in his last few fights before his Duhallow duel with Collins to suggest that he was there for the taking.
It is hard to imagine now, but Millstreet was all the rage back then. As well as the regular showjumping events, it hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, kicked off the first leg of Pearl Jam’s European tour in October 1996 and in between hosted one of the biggest nights in Irish boxing history in 1995.
It looked all ends up that Collins had won, and the crowd made the judges well aware of who they thought had won, but having seen Close being denied in similar circumstances there would have been genuine concern that Eubank might get another dodgy decision. Thankfully for the home fans that was not the case as Collins was awarded the fight unanimously on scores of 115–111, 116–114, 114–113.
The pair were to have a rematch later that year, that would take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and Collins would again win in front of a brilliant home crowd.