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Sean ‘Superman’ McComb fights crime as well as ring opponents

He may not be the least known of the infamous ‘Belfast Boys’ group for much longer.

While Paddy Barnes and Micheal Conlan can boast Olympic medals, and Tommy McCarthy has more Senior titles than McComb – the Belfast Boys very own ‘Ringo’ is now a crime fighting, as well as a ring fighting, hero.

The European Games medalist and Rio 2016 hopeful was hailed a hero after he tackled two thieves over the weekend.

The 23 year old amazing recovered robbed goods for two victims on two separate occasions.

Speaking to Belfast Live, McComb said of the first incident:

“I was just standing outside city hall working for City Sightseeing Belfast and some girl was standing waiting on her bus just across the street Then I just saw everybody pointing up the street shouting: “That guy stole her purse, that guy stole her purse!”

“One of my work colleagues, Ryan, said ‘Do you wanna go get him?’

“So I just started jogging up and went up after him. I ended up catching him at I think it was the entry at Castle Lane. I just saw him hiding behind a door.”

“He dropped the purse: My colleague lifted it and I kept going because I knew he’d have taken the money out of it.”

“The woman was delighted to get the purse back: Her bank card and pin number were in the purse so he could have went to the bank machine and cleared her out.”

Within just half an hour Belfast’s newfound hero was back in action.

“I was walking up the town with some customers, and we were coming back down I saw a man running in the front of City Hall.”

“I saw all my colleagues pointing and pointing – I thought to myself ‘No way, this could not be happening again’.”

“A colleague said: ‘Run up that way’. And I said, ‘No there’s no point it’ll be gone’.

“Then we saw one of his mates run down Chichester Street. And I jogged slowly behind them – and then I saw the guy who took it.”

“I just started sprinting up after him, grabbed him by the hood and I got the phone back.”

The two-time senior 60kg champ continued:

“It’s unbelievable – I just couldn’t believe it. To happen once, yeah, but to happen thirty minutes later… I just ran – I don’t like seeing things like that happen,” he said.

“It’s shocking, but it happens in every city in the world. I’m just happy to help out.”

“They were both delighted: You could see it in their faces. For the man to get his phone back and the girl to get the purse back… they’re important items – it saved them both a lot of hassle.”


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