McComb secures second medal for Ireland in Baku

Belfast lightweight Sean McComb put in an intelligent performance against a dangerous opponent to guarantee Team Ireland their second medal of the inaugural European Games.

The Holy Trinity southpaw won out a unanimous decision (29-28) over his Turkish opponent, Yacin Yilmaz, a man who came into the bout with a reputation as a powerful puncher.

All three rounds followed similar patterns in an intriguing clash of styles with the rangey McComb using his three inch height advantage to pepper the oncoming Turkish slugger.

Yilmaz came on very strong in the third knowing that he needed a knockout and he did land some heavy blows throughout the contest however McComb was too smart and landed too often.

22 year old McComb now faces home favourite Albert Selimov in the semi finals on Friday at 9:00am Irish time. A decorated veteran, Selimov formerly boxed for Russia and has won two European gold (2007 & 2010) as well as gold (2007) and bronze (2009) at the World Championships.

He is also the only man to have defeated Vasyl Lomachenko in an amateur boxing ring. Despite all this, McComb will still be confident of claiming a scalp when the two meet in the Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Joe O'Neill

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