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Boxer Sean McComb's heartbreak over world title exit

Belfast's Sean McComb was left gutted after he bowed out of the World amateur championships in Doha following a majority decision defeat to Azerbaijan's European Games gold medallist Albert Selimov.

It was the second time the pair had clashed in the space of four months, with Selimov defeating McComb on the way to his European gold.

Two of the judges gave the favourite the first round which left a frustrated McComb facing an uphill battle.

"I thought I won the first round but losing it changed whole game plan. I had to go from plan A to plan B," said McComb, who switched from boxing on the back foot to going on the attack.

That seemed to suit Selimov who took the second round but the Belfast man's aggression did earn him the third as he went down 29-28, 29-28, 27-30.

Moate light-heavyweight Joe Ward increased Ireland's quarter-final tally to four when he defeated Ukraine's Oleksandr Kyyzhniak at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Belfast prospect Ryan Burnett has his most significant fight to date when he faces Georgian Gagi Edisherashvili for the WBO European bantamweight title at the Manchester Arena.

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