Sean McComb – I’m just looking forward to this year ending, it’s been a tough one for Irish boxing”

Like a lot of people involved in Irish boxing, Sean McComb just can’t wait for 2016 to be over.

The Belfast light welter saw his Olympic lightweight hopes dashed last December by David Oliver Joyce, and has therefore spent this year mainly training, with no big tournaments to be involved in.

Flirtations with the pro game have occurred, but the Holy Trinity fighter looks set to stay amateur for the immediate future.

Thankfully, McComb looks set to be involved in some much-craved competitive action over the coming weeks. The Turf Lodge fighter has been signed by BSK Hannover Seelze for the upcoming Bundesliga tournament, and will make his debut against BC Chemnitz 94 in the opening fixture this Saturday in Germany.

In addition to the WSB-style, albeit over three threes, tournament, there is an international match with England in Dublin next Friday where the 24 year old will face English National runner-up Mason Smith from the famous Finchley ABC.

It’s all sharpening McComb’s tools ahead of the Senior Elite Championships in February, where he will look to make a splash at his new weight of 64kg.

McComb is thankful for the upcoming activity, and told Irish-Boxing.com that “I think it’s a good thing to get me active again and at the new weight as well. I’ve been a bit inactive all year because the Olympics and stuff.”

The Ulster southpaw is excited about his upcoming new experience in the German team competition over the next few months, and described how “I think this is brilliant to help sharpen me up again before the Seniors. There’s another fight again on the 7th of January so it’s just up to them [Hannover] to select me again.”

While it’s a busy end of 2016 for McComb, the conclusion of the calendar can’t come soon enough, and he is looking forward to starting afresh in the new year. With World and European Championships on the horizon, the rangey fighter has medals on his mind and helping Irish boxing bounce back following the disastrous Rio Olympics.

He admitted that “I’m just looking forward to this year ending, it’s been a tough one for Irish boxing and I’m looking forward to making big things happen in 2017 and winning my first World medal.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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