Brilliant Sean McComb beats world champion AGAIN

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Belfast light welter Sean McComb has qualified for the World Championships and put himself one win away from guaranteeing a European Championships bronze medal with a sensational performance this afternoon.

The Holy Trinity man scored a split decision win over reigning world champion Vitaly Dunaystev of Russia today in the last 16 in the Ukraine.

McComb had defeated Dunaystev on another split decision in Dublin recently as part of the International Round Robin tournament at the National Stadium.

Brendan Irvine and Dean Gardiner will look to follow Sugar Sean into the Worlds when they take to the ring later today in flyweight and super heavyweight bouts against Turkey and Ukraine respectively.

McComb will fight Englishman Luke McCormack for Bronze on Wednesday.

European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th
June 16th
(Last 32)
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) 5-0
June 17th:

Last 32
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Severiane Childaze (Georgia) 5-0
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) lost to Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) 0-5

June 18th
Last 32
60kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) lost to Artur Bril (Germany) 0-5
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) 3-2

June 19th
Last 16
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey)
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia) 3-2
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine)

June 20th
Last 16
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Tayfur Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) v Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan)
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Matus Strnisko (Slovakia)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine)

Irish squad
52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)
56kg – Bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)
64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)
81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate
91kg – Heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91+kg – Super-heavy – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

High-Performance Director/Head of Delegation: Bernard Dunne
Head Coach: Zaur Antia
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne, Eoin Pluck
Physio: Seamus Caffrey
Doctor: Jim Clover
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie