Boxing

Sean McComb swaps Dubai for Bolton for Gavin Gwynne lightweight title showdown

Sean McComb fights Gavin Gwynne in Bolton on February 19. Picture Mark Marlow.
Andy Watters

SEAN McComb was all locked and loaded to take on Gavin Gwynne in Dubai but he says their postponed Commonwealth lightweight title rumble in the slightly less exotic surroundings of the University of Bolton Stadium on February 19 will do just as well.

McComb boxed his way to a unanimous points win over Siar Ozgul behind closed doors in August and the former Holy Trinity and Ireland international star said the lack of atmosphere didn't affect his performance so he has no issue fighting Gwynne with no fans in the arena.

"I'll be more familiar with it this time and, to be honest, I sort of enjoyed it - there was no added distractions,” he said.

"Once you hit fight week and you're in the bubble and the hotel, you're fully focused. It meant I focused a bit earlier than I usually would for a fight, and it allowed me to go over my game plan a bit more and get my mind set on the task ahead.

"Going into the fight the only thing you then need to worry about is your performance, not entertaining crowds or entertaining anybody else, just staying fully switched on.”

Merthyr Tydfil fighter Gwynne was stopped by James Tennyson (also for the Commonwealth title) last year and has mixed in good company.

"I've seen Gwynne box James Tennyson and Joe Cordina, and I thought he performed well but was just beat by two good opponents. I'm expecting a tough, competitive Commonwealth title fight."

Also on the Bolton card, Darren Tetley and Samuel Antwi collide for the vacant English welterweight title, DP Carr defends his Southern Area super-featherweight title against Dean Dodge, Pierce O'Leary fights Irvin Magno, Mark McKeown takes on Brad Daws, Paddy Donovan returns, and Mohammed Sameer is back in action.

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