Sean McComb hails ‘perfect fight’ after being handed serious step-up

Sean McComb [5(3)-0] expressed a desire to become a Belfast bill topper earlier this week and has been handed the kind of opponent that may help progress toward headlining in the capital of Irish boxing.

Troy James [21(5)-7(3)-1] may not be as tough a challenge as he is being billed, but is a massive step up for ‘The Public Nuisance’ and would be an eye catching opponent for any fighter with just over six months pro experience.

The English puncher, who will man the away corner at the Ulster Hall on Friday night, has won just two of his last eight, but is a former Midlands Area champion and has challenged for the British title.

The 35-year-old former Cyclone fighter represents serious graduation for the southpaw as well as the faith MTK have in the Danny Vaughan-trained Turf Lodge man.

McComb himself is delighted with the chance to show is ability against more recognized opposition and predicts his late notice dance partner will allow him to show his best moves.

“It came at a bit of short notice. The original opponent changed but then they phoned again and told me it’s Troy James. I’m even more excited than I was!

“You have to be ready for these kind of phone calls. I’ve been training like I was fighting a big name anyway so I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring to the table and I’m excited for the step up.

“I’m sure he’ll come and have a go. I saw him against the likes of Luke Campbell and Liam Walsh. He’s boxed some big names. I know he’s going to come forward and I think that’ll suit me down to the ground.

“The more pressure he puts on me, the easier it’s going to be for me. It’s as simple as that. I’m not fussed on stopping him. If I do, all well and good but my ability will send the biggest statement.

“This is the perfect fight to show how skilful I am. Watching my boxing ability will be more appealing to people than seeing me knock him out.”

McComb vs. James stars on an action-packed bill at the historic Belfast venue topped by the WBO European middleweight title rematch between Conrad Cummings and Luke Keeler.

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Jonny Stapleton

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