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McComb shipping out to Boston for second fight this month

After winning his third pro bout with a points win over Petar Alexandrov at Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre earlier this month, Irish light-welterweight Sean McComb will be back in action in Boston this week as he take a place on the huge Matchroom/DAZN card at the city’s TD Garden.

The show was supposed to be headlined by Billy Joe Saunders mouth-watering WBO middleweight title defence against fellow unbeaten star Demetrius Andrade, but after Saunders tested positive for a banned amphetamine, Andrade will now fight for the vacant belt against Namibian stand-in Walter Kautondokwa.

Saturday still represents a huge opportunity for McComb to boost his resume and gain exposure however, on a bill that features a strong Irish contingent, playing to Boston’s Celtic heritage.

Belfast’s James Tennyson challenges Tevin Farmer for the American’s IBF super-featherweight title; and the Irishman is 3-1 across Android betting apps to be named winner, whilst Farmer is currently 1-4 favourite to win the duel. If the draw takes your fancy it’s currently priced at 25/1 with Betfred and Paddy Power.

Irish sensation Katie Taylor takes on Cindy Serrano for the unified IBF and WBA female lightweight crowns. She’s currently favourite to win the contest with Ladbrokes offering a mere 1-28, whilst underdog Serrano can be backed with the same bookmaker at 9s.

McComb – who is scheduled to open the show on the night – is now fighting out of Danny Vaughan’s MTK gym in Glasgow these days and has moved quickly since making his debut on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s win over Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in August.

The 26-year-old southpaw then appeared on the undercard of Amir Khan’s win over Samuel Vargas in September, scoring a second consecutive knockout win with a stoppage of Lesther Cantillano.

Alexandrov became the first man to extend McComb the distance, taking him the full scheduled four rounds, but at this stage of the Ulsterman’s career time between the ropes provides invaluable experience.

Having enjoyed a deep amateur career where he perhaps underachieved given his talents, McComb is keen to make quick progress in the pro ranks and be fighting for titles as soon as possible.

“I want to be fighting for titles in 2019. I don’t want a long, dragged out career,” McComb told the Irish News after turning pro in May.

“I’ve had a good amateur career and I believe I’ve underachieved. I’ve been an elite fighter and I narrowly missed out on the Olympics.

“Everyone thought I was nailed on to win at the Commonwealth Games too. It was just one of those things.”

“I think the pro game will suit me.”

McComb’s opponent for Saturday is yet to be announced, but should he move to 4-0 as expected he could be out quick again on the undercard of Danny Jacobs vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko in New York on October 27th.


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