Sean McComb into Last 16 of World Championships

After spending his Summer chasing criminals, Sean McComb began his chase for World Championships gold and Olympic qualification today with a nail-biting victory.

The Belfast lightweight overcame Lindolfo Garza Delgado of Mexico today in his opening bout in Doha, Qatar, via a deserved unanimous unanimous decision.

Rangy southpaw McComb began well against the dangerous Mexican, winning the first round on all three card

The second stanza followed a similar pattern with McComb boxing well from the outside, and the Central & Caribbean Games and American Continental Championships silver medalist trying to land big shots. Somehow, however, the judges transpired to unanimously give the round to the Mexican.

All square heading into the final round, McComb boxed well again from the outside, landing the cleaner shots, while Delgado was the busier fighter. The technical skill of the Belfast man however impressed the judges and he edged the round, and the fight.

The judges’s final scorecards read: 29-28 x3 all in favour of the Irishman.

McComb will now face a very tough task in the Last 16 when he faces Azeri legend Albert Selimov. The pair met in the semi-finals of the inaugural European Games in June, with Selimov edging a close fight. McComb however is confident of revenge this time round against the two-time World Championships medalist (Gold 2007, Bronze 2009).

The two renew acquaintances on Friday at 5:30pm (Irish Time).

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: [email protected]