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Familiarity breeds Bates respect from McComb

FAMILIARITY breeds respect not contempt for Sean McComb when it come to George Bates.

The Holy Trinity 60kg competitor renews acquaintances with a fighter he beat to claim his first Senior title two years ago and a puncher he shares a High Performance sparring ring with on a regular occasion.

McComb points out as a result both fighters have detailed SWAT analysis on each other and he has been impressed with Bates over recent times.

He points out that knowledge of each other will make for a good final and a decider he will believes he will win.

“I have Bates again in the final. I have two wins over him, but that’s taking nothing away from him. He is very smart and he always gets a game plan going. We seen that in the semi final he boxed a similar boxer to my style and he got the game plan out and got the win,” McComb told

“I spar him all the time in the High Performance he knows my strengths and weaknesses and I know his. We are familiar with each other and it should be a good fight, but I am confident I am going to win.”

McComb over came Gerard Matthews  in the semi final and the fighter who refused to enter the Ulster Championships was happy to get some competitive action in before his third decider in three years.

“I am happy to get a fight in and out of the way. It’s been a long time I didn’t box in the Ulsters because of politics and it was good to get in there and ring rust out. I boxed against France a couple of weeks ago and got the win, but it was good to get in there in competition more and get a fight under my belt. I am looking forward to next week now.


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