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Smooth Sean McComb at ease ahead of potential TV debut

Sean McComb [1(1)-0] was the star of the Windsor Park undercard last month but does feel any pressure to keep on stunning as he progresses through the ranks.

The Belfast lightweight scored a fantastic fourth round debut stoppage of Reynaldo Mora on the Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson undercard, showing tremendous handspeed and combinations to break down, drop, and stop the Nicaraguan.

The 26-year-old returns to the ring just three weeks later, tomorrow night, in Birmingham and is as easy-going as ever..

McComb boxes on the undercard of Amir Khan’s second comeback clash versus Samuel Vargas at the Arena Birmingham where he takes a step up.

The European Games bronze medallist fights Lesther Cantillano [4(3)-19(3)], another game Nicaraguan who usually goes the distance and comes to fight.

McComb, whose four rounder is a swing bout, could, with a bit of luck, end up featuring on the live broadcast on Sky Sports.

Even so, the Turf Lodge southpaw is taking everything in his stride and is promising to be cool and calm like he was on his debut.

Looking back, McComb described how “it was a good debut and I know I put on a good performance against a tough opponent but I don’t feel any weight of expectation trying to replicate that.”

“I was a bit tense in the changing room when I was on the pads before my debut but then I persuaded myself to let go a bit. I knew I was too good to lose so I blocked the crowd out and focused on my performance.”

Explaining his approach, McComb outlined how “the more I relax, the better my punch selection becomes and I don’t think adjusting to the environment in Birmingham will be too hard.”

“I boxed in places like Kazakhstan and the Ukraine as an amateur so I’m used to adapting.”

“I spar hundreds of rounds and that’s always the best way to prepare. It has become second nature to me to pick my punches with ease, relax and enjoy myself. I’m relaxed through everything.”


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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