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Sean McComb won't last the distance claims Gavin Gwynne ahead of Commonwealth title battle

Gavin Gwynne claims that Sean McComb (pictured) is taking a step up in class on Friday night. Picture Mark Marlow.
Andy Watters

SEAN McComb won't see the final bell in Friday night's Commonwealth lightweight title battle, predicts his opponent Gavin Gwynne.

Welshman Gwynne, who produced a gutsy performance in losing to James Tennyson in August last year, says unbeaten McComb (11-0) won't be able to go 12 rounds with him when they top the bill in Bolton at the weekend.

Gwynne (12-2) has lost two challenges for the British title and this is his second attempt at claiming the Commonwealth strap. Despite losses to Tennyson and Joe Cordina, he says his experience and the quality he has mixed in mean that McComb is the man taking the step up in class.

“Sean is a good boxer, he has an excellent pedigree from the amateurs and he's unbeaten as a pro now but I don't think he has boxed anyone in the pro game yet with a half-decent record who's coming to win,” Gwynne told The Irish News as he made his way home from training with Tony Borg's at St Joseph's ABC in Newport on Sunday.

“So it's a massive step up for him. It's not a massive step up for me – I've boxed unbeaten fighters before, I've boxed a world-title contender before in James Tennyson. So it's no step-up for myself, it's more of a step up for him.”

While Gwynne says he is “100 per cent confident”, he insists he is not complacent and says he has thrown everything into training alongside stablemate Lee Selby, former IBF featherweight champion.

“I'm bringing that belt back to the Valleys,” he said.

“I know he's a very good fighter and I'm not underestimating that at all. I'm going into this fight thinking that Sean McComb is going to give me the hardest fight of my life – that's how I prepare for every fight.

“I am super fit and I don't think he's going to live with me for 12 rounds. I think I'll out-box him and I truly believe that I'm going to stop him. I think I'll get to him and I think I'll break him down.”

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