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No silver lining as McComb forced to settle for bronze

By Bernard O'Neill

Published 27/06/2015

Squaring up: Ireland’s Sean McComb (left) loses out to Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan yesterday
Squaring up: Ireland’s Sean McComb (left) loses out to Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan yesterday

Belfast lightweight Sean McComb had to settle for bronze after losing on a unanimous decision to former World Elite champion Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan.

"I've nothing to be ashamed of," admitted McComb.

"He's currently ranked number one in the WSB and he's qualified for Rio. I learned a lot."

The judges gave Selimov the fight on a scoreline of 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28.

He dictated proceedings for the first two rounds but McComb edged the third round on two of the judges' scorecards.

Number four seed McComb had ensured at least a bronze medal by taking a unanimous points decision over Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz in his quarter-final on Tuesday.

Portlaoise middleweight Michael O'Reilly received a bye into the 75kg decider after Russia's Maxim Koptyakov failed a medical because of a facial cut he received in the quarter-finals.

O'Reilly will have it all to do to claim gold as he takes on Xaybula Musalov of Azerbaijan at approximately 3.15pm.

Meanwhile, Estelle Mossely has vowed to bring Katie Taylor's dominance of women's boxing to an end in Baku this afternoon.

"I can beat her. Of course it's possible to beat her," said the confident French fighter ahead of going head-to-head with Taylor for gold in the 60kg (lightweight) class at 2.0pm Irish time.

Mossely, who comfortably beat Germany's Tasheena Bugar yesterday, has been studying Taylor and believes she can get it right at the third time of asking - Ireland's five-time world champion beat her in the 2013 European Union Championships final and again in the European Elite decider last year.

"I fought her twice and lost twice, but I know her and I have studied her on film. I can beat her.

"I think this one will be the closest of all our meetings. I'm going to win."

The French fighter has won 96 of her 124 bouts.

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