Boxing

Sean McComb looking forward to Titanic Exhibition Centre fight night

Sean McComb returns to action against experienced Slovakian journeyman Ivan Godor.
Picture Mark Marlow.
Andy Watters

ONLY weeks after knocking out Carlos Gallindo to sweep to 4-0 as a professional, Sean McComb returns to action in tomorrow's (Friday) fight night at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

‘The Public Nuisance’ has crammed in a lot of action since he made his pro debut on the undercard of Carl Frampton versus Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in August and vastly experienced Slovakian journeyman Ivan Godor (20-64-4) stands in his way on Friday night.

McComb who’d only arrived in Boston the previous day, opened a top quality show at the TD Garden in October with a slick display of boxing and intends to repeat the performance in front of his home fans.

“The American atmosphere was class,” he said.

“They just cheer for everything – every punch you throw. The arena wasn’t full but whenever I threw a combination, there were a few Americans going crazy for it.

“I was bringing shots around the side and bringing his elbows round to make space up the middle, then I finished him with a body shot. I don’t care about getting them out of there early but it looks good on your record.”

Conrad Cummings headlines Friday night’s show against unbeaten Hungarian hopeful Ferenc Berki for the WBO European middleweight title. Ambitious light-welterweight McComb says another win for him could pave the way for his first title shot next year.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Belfast now,” he said.

“I was satisfied with my performance in America. It took me a round or two to get going because I knew nothing about the guy due to a lack of video footage.

“I’m always in the gym working and this is very much just the apprenticeship. This will be fifth fight so I feel I’ll be going into the new year looking at titles.”

Also on Friday night’s card are Gary Cully versus Mohammed Kambuluta, Paddy Gallagher , Phil Sutcliffe Jr, Padraig McCrory and Steve Collins jnr.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is expected to be at ringside at the MEN Arena on December 22 to watch younger brother Tommy make his professional debut on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s IBF featherweight title rumble with Josh Warrington.

“Words can’t describe how much of a motivation he is to me,” said light-heavyweight Fury after watching his older brother fight to a controversial split decision draw with Deontay Wilder.

“I thought the result was ludicrous. I still can’t get to grips with how any judge and any single person watching that fight couldn’t give it to Tyson.

“Even with the two knockdowns, he was still miles ahead and a lot of big names in the sport have come out and said they had Tyson winning.”

He added: “If he can conquer all what he has done, then I can conquer anything and it’s the same to everybody out there, whatever you want to achieve in life you can achieve it. My motivation is sky high and I couldn’t any prouder than my brother.”

Elsewhere, Katie Taylor will defend her IBF and WBA World Lightweight titles against Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Garden, New York on December 15, on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez challenging Rocky Fielding for the WBA World Super Middleweight title, live on DAZN.

“Eva is someone I know very well from our time in the amateurs,” said Taylor (11-0).

“I was actually drawn against her in my very first international competition back in 2004 and it seemed like every time I turned up to a major competition after that she was in the draw.

“She was always a really tough opponent so it's no surprise that she's gone on to have a great professional career. I think this fight will really showcase the best that women's boxing has to offer and I'm really looking forward to it.

“I've been lucky enough to fight in some iconic venues since turning pro two years ago but I'm not sure there's any more iconic in a boxing sense than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I'm no different. To get the opportunity to defend my World titles there is really very exciting.”

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