Boxing

Sean McComb land Steven Donnelly look forward to debuts on packed Windsor Park undercard

Hard-hitting Lewis Crocker has marched to 6-0 as a professional
Andy Watters

Welterweight: Lewis Crocker (6-0) v William Warburton (26-137-10) (TV Floater)

LAST time Crocker appeared on a Frampton bill he nodded off in the changing-rooms as he waited for his slot as the ‘TV floater'.

Since then he continued on his merry way up the middleweight division rankings by knocking out Adam Grabiec. His opponent Warburton has been stopped twice in 173 fights but if Crocker connects cleanly, don't expect this to go the distance.

Verdict: Crocker

Cruiserweight: Steve Collins jnr (12-1-1) v Steven Ward (7-0)

SO far Ward has dealt comfortably with all seven opponents and Collins, son of Dublin's former two-weight world champion, is the first genuine test for him.

Collins has twice Ward's experience over his five years in the pro game without ever making waves. An undercard fighter across the water, he also had a spell in the USA and lost an Irish title contest in June last year to Paddy McDonagh.

Meanwhile, Ward AKA ‘The Quiet Man' has gone about his business efficiently and should continue that trend tonight. Ward footwork should keep him out of trouble and, if he can put his punches together, he should pass the test tonight.

Verdict: Ward

Super-lightweight: Sam Maxwell (8-0) v Chris Truman (13-9-2)

MAXWELL, whose stablemates in Glasgow include Paddy Barnes and Tyrone McKenna, has been tipped as one to watch and he has six stoppages wins on his unblemished record. Truman goes in on the back of a five-fight losing streak.

Verdict: Maxwell

Middleweight: Luke Keeler (14-2-1) v Dwain Grant (2-4-1)

KEELER boxed beautifully in a dominant win over Conrad Cummings in April and returns to Belfast to take on Grant who made his pro debut last year aged 33.

Verdict: Keeler

Lightweight: Sean McComb (debut) v Reynaldo Mora (7-38-1)

FORMER amateur stand-out McComb gets his first taste of professional action tonight against seasoned Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Mora.

“I'm not nervous yet, it hasn't kicked in yet,” said McComb at yesterday's weigh-in.

“It's exciting; it's a new experience for me seeing everyone here. It's not usually like this in the amateurs but I'm sure I'll adapt to it well and get used to it very soon. It's just another part of the journey.”

He has gone from the top of the amateur ladder to the bottom rung of the pro game and intends to climb it right to the top.

“There are some massive names so it's some buzz,” he said.

“But I don't care if they're here or not, I'm just here to focus on my own performance, my own career and I'm sure in the future I'll be as big as anyone here.

“Everyone has a target and I have a realistic target of being a world champion. That's realistic for me, I believe I'm good enough, I believed I'll be managed well by MTK and coached well by Danny Vaughan so there's no reason why I won't.”

Middleweight: Conrad Cummings (13-2-1) v Nicky Jenman (20-12-1)

AMID the turmoil of his split with Cyclone Promotions, Cummings was a pale shadow of himself against Luke Keeler in April and was well beaten.

He has said he “won't let one bad night define me” but knows he has to win tonight to get his career up-and-running again. Jenman has been stopped in his last two and Cummings should make it three early on-the-trot for the visitor from Brighton.

Verdict: Cummings

Super-featherweight: Marco McCullough (19-4) v Jordan Ellison (10-15)

THREE defeats in eight fights robbed McCullough's career of momentum but, at 28, he still has time to fight his way back into title contention. Journeyman Ellison shouldn't cause him too many problems tonight.

Verdict: McCullough

Super-welterweight: Steven Donnelly (debut) v Kevin McCauley (15-171-12)

ONE man in his first fight, the other in his 199th. A massive gulf in experience here but Ballymena native Donnelly was a consistently successful amateur and should kick off his pro career with victory tonight.

Verdict: Donnelly

Featherweight: Isaac Lowe (14-0-3) v Jose Hernandez (4-27-1)

LOWE is a proven force at European level and has drawn with Ryan Walsh and Dennis Ceylan in recent times. Hernandez is a tune-up for another crack at Walsh in late October.

Verdict: Lowe

Running order subject to change. First fight 4pm.

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