Headline act- Sean McComb confident he will become Belfast bill topper


Sean McComb [5(3)-0] is confident he will a Belfast bill topper in the near future.

‘The Public Nuisance’ was always part of the popular ‘Belfast Boys’ group alongside Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Tommy McCarthy back in his amateur days.

The European Games bronze medal winner wasn’t surrounded by as much hype as the Olympians in that clan and as a result may not have been seen as a possible headline act in the pros.

However, the tall southpaw has grabbed more than his fair share of the spotlight since turning over and has raised both his stock and his profile significantly.

Since August of last year the 26 year old has registered five straight wins, three of which came inside the distance, in places like America, England, and of course Ireland.

The former National Elite Champion is now being talked about as a possible star for the future and it’s talk he welcomes.

With Carl Frampton looking set to fight in America, Conlan only fighting at home once a year, Ryan Burnett out injured, and Paddy Barnes talking about retirement there does seem to be a gap emerging for a new Belfast bill topper.

McComb could certainly benefit and, with a strong supporting cast, may sell out a large venue – although he argues he will be a headline act regardless of what local talent is regularly in town.

“It doesn’t matter whether they’re all active or not. I am very confident I’ll be headlining my own show in Belfast soon,” McComb told Irish-Boxing.com.

“Of course its class to have them big names here to help me on the way to that with their shows,” he adds before predicting a busy 2019.

“I’m expecting more off the same in 2019. There are some good plans ahead for me this year and MTK are doing a cracking job keeping me active!”

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The Gaeilgeoir, who fights for pay for a sixth time in the Ulster Hall when he takes on Lyuben Todorov [6(2)-4(3)] this Friday, has enjoyed a relatively easy transition into the pro ranks. His performances have certainly been outstanding in relation to most first year professionals.

“I’ve adapted well. I always had an amateur style and was told many a times that the pro games a different sport all together, but I am doing alright so far.”

That acclimatization, he suggests, has been helped  by the fact he is surrounded by familiar under Danny Vaughan in Scotland.

McComb has been training alongside Barnes and the two Tyrone’s McKenna and McCullaugh and points out it’s like they have transported the High Performance unit across the Irish sea.

“It’s very similar to being on the High Performance set up. We train eat and stay together so its good that were all used to each other’s bad habits and don’t have to strangle each other!”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com