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The boxer who took all life threw at him with good grace

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 05/04/2016

Fate and skewed judgement dealt Northern Ireland boxer Ray Close a cruel hand in the 90s. He could - and in the belief of many people, including himself - should have been a world champion with the potential fame and riches that would have brought.

The man he lost to on a split decision, Chris Eubank, gained both and the pair often meet when Eubank passes through Belfast City Airport where Ray now works. In sport the margins between success and failure can be razor thin. He never attained the glory he deserved but, in the words of Kipling's poem, he has met triumph and disaster and treated those imposters the same. He is a man.

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