‘Amateur superstar’ takes away McComb’s final dream

There was disappointment in Baku this morning for Sean McComb who lost his European Games semi final in the Azeri capital.

Facing amateur superstar, Albert Selimov, the Belfast lightweight dropped a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2) to his decorated opponent.

McComb however gave an impressive performance in the all-southpaw clash and has marked himself out as a world class boxer at the weight.

McComb was busy in the first round, throwing a lot of shots at Selimov who adopted a more methodical, pro-style.

Selimov did score with a few overhand shots but McComb can consider himself unlucky not to have gotten the round from any of the judges who all opted for the Azeri.

Selimov upped the pace in the second and landed heavy shots on McComb who, to his credit, was able to stand and trade. The Holy Trinity boxer was also cut in the second and finished the round down by two on all cards.

In the final round McComb gave everything he had and exhibited impressive stamina, throwing until the last bell. Judges were split with two leaning towards the Belfast boxer. This admirable effort in the last however was not enough and McComb bowed out to the pre-tournament favourite.

Joe O'Neill

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