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New pro Sean McComb wants to be put on fast-track to titles

Sean McComb leaves the amateur game behind with three Senior Irish titles and a European Games bronze medal but believes he did not achieve what he could have in the vest.

Turning pro, the Belfast lightweight now wants to make amends and is targeting titles very soon in up to five weight divisions.

McCombs move to the pros has been heavily rumoured in recent weeks and was confirmed yesterday, with the Turf Lodge 25-year-old set to debut on the Michael Conlan Homecoming undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena on Saturday June 30th.

Looking back on his time in the vest, McComb described how “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.”

The rangey southpaw always bounced back from numerous close losses in the vest, rebounding from double defeats to Davey Oliver Joyce, Albert Selimov, and, most recently, Luke McCormack.

At the Commonwealth Games in Australia last month McComb and McCormack were pitted together in the opening round, with the Englishman emerging a narrow victor.

Away from the three-round format, McComb feels he will prosper.

“I think the pro game will suit me,” he outlined.

“You need to ask other people about my power. I believe I’ve a good snap in my punch and if you look back, there’ve been a few saying I was the hardest puncher they faced.”

McComb isn’t planning a long bedding-in process either.

Supremely confident, the Holy Trinity fighter stated that “I want to be fighting for titles in 2019. I don’t want a long, dragged out career.”

“I want to fight for titles as quickly as I can. I’m capable of competing with anyone in Britain immediately.

“I believe I’m capable of making lightweight and that’s where I want to win my first title. I’m capable of moving to heavyweight too because I’m 6ft tall! Realistically, it’ll be middleweight that’s my final destination.”

First though will be a four-rounder on the Conlan homecoming card. The fourth and final of the ‘Belfast Boys’ to turn pro, ‘The Worst of the Belfast Men’ is happy to be debuting on ‘Yellow Mick’s’ undercard.

McComb noted how “this card is huge. It’s great to have Mick home. He’s probably one of the greatest Irish amateurs ever. You’ve seen the crowds he attracts in New York but this show will outdo them all. It’s just massive.”

“You’ll see the Sean McComb you’ve always seen: a tall, classy and hard-hitting southpaw going to work.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie