Debut delay suits Glasgow-based Sean McComb


A month and a half later than intended, Sean McComb will finally make his pro debut this coming Saturday.

Minor licensing issues saw the Belfast lightweight’s intended pro bow on the Mick Conlan homecoming bill in June fall through just days beforehand.

However, there was no time to despair for McComb who was straight back into camp in Glasgow with coach Danny Vaughan for a refixed date at Windsor Park on the Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson undercard.

Seven extra weeks have served ‘The Public Nuisance’ well and he has enjoyed camp with fellow Belfast Boy Paddy Barnes who is preparing for a world title fight with Cristofer Rosales on the same bill.

“Everyone is bouncing off each other in Danny Vaughan’s gym,” McComb explained.

“Paddy is flying ahead of his world title and Sam [Maxwell] is in great shape too.”

“There’s a healthy bit of competition that lifts you. If you’re feeling tired and like you can’t give any more, you look across the gym and see those boys putting in maximum effort and you find more. It’s inspiring.”

“I was a bit frustrated by the delay at first but I enjoyed going back to camp and sparring. I’ve been working on more stuff with Danny Vaughan.”

While he is away from home for camp, the atmosphere in the gym has McComb buzzing ahead of his fight with a to-be-confirmed opponent.

The Turf Lodge talent described how “it’s important to still have a bit of craic in camp too.”

“We have a laugh when we can but once the warm-up’s done and we start training, everyone is serious. Then once we’re back in the house or out for food, it’s back to our old selves again.”

“We can talk to each other honestly too. If I see Paddy doing something wrong in the gym, I’ll tell him and vice-versa.”

“We’re doing all these things together – dieting and training. There’s a professional way of doing things and when it comes to fight week, I’ll be learning more by watching Paddy and Sam.”

With the extra time has come extra adjustment to the pro style and McComb is aiming to make an impression on the massive stadium bill – hopefully as part of the BT Sport-broadcast portion of the card.

McComb outlined how “This night is so, so massive – for a local fighter especially. This is the first ever stadium fight and what a show it is. You’ve got three household names in Frampton, Fury and Barnes and then it gives the up-and-coming fighters a chance to get a feel for the biggest stage.”

“I’ve a very relaxed style anyway. I’m not tense. I’m just going to go in there and show people what I’ve been working on. We’ve been trying to sit down on punches more. My hand speed is the same but I set my feet more now.”

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Joe O'Neill

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