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After seeing long-awaited title shot delayed twice, McComb excited to put on a display against rival Gwynne


Big night: Sean McComb will take on Gavin Gwynne this evening

Big night: Sean McComb will take on Gavin Gwynne this evening

Big night: Sean McComb will take on Gavin Gwynne this evening

Having endured two postponements, it's finally go-time for Sean McComb when he faces Gavin Gwynne for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title in Bolton this evening.

The pair were originally due to meet in England back on January 22 but the British Boxing Board of Control called a halt on all action until mid-February, with the card then due to take place in Dubai a fortnight ago only for travel restrictions to scupper those plans.

So, it is back to the original venue - live on IFL's YouTube channel - for what is a crossroads fight in their respective careers.

Belfast's 28-year-old 'Public Nuisance' has impressed in his professional career to date, winning all 11 contests and comes into this fight with a first title on the line.

An impressive win over Mauro Maximiliano Godoy at the Ulster Hall just over a year ago suggests McComb is ready to take a step forward and, having eased past former sparring partner Siar Ozgul last August, it appears his apprenticeship is well and truly over.

In contrast, Gwynne's last outing, also last August, resulted in defeat to another Belfast man, James Tennyson, when he was overpowered in the sixth round of their British title clash.


Gavin Gwynne

Gavin Gwynne

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Gavin Gwynne

Tennyson's raw power and aggression proved too much for the Welsh fighter on that occasion, but McComb enters the ring with a different style.

The tall, slick southpaw does not carry the same pop in his punches, but is vastly skilled and will hit hard enough to keep the 30-year-old from Merthyr Tydfil honest.

"He had a great fight against James Tennyson and showed he is a very durable opponent," noted McComb.

"Myself and James are two completely different styles so it will be a different fight. I've trained for a hard 12 rounds.

"I'm expecting Gavin Gwynne to come in on the front foot, but that suits me as he falls into my trap of moving and boxing. That's what I've done my whole life, so it's only a matter of putting on a display."

Gwynne knows that another defeat - a third in four fights - could spell the end of his career, so this will be a dangerous assignment for McComb.

However, a win and the road may open up for what could be a huge year for the 2018 Commonwealth Games team captain. He will start as favourite and rightly so as his skillset and clever counter-punching ought to see him victorious and take another huge step forward.

"Hopefully I put on a great show and blast my way into the lightweight picture," he added.

"I'm hoping a title here will push me on and get me a decent ranking so I can look at bigger titles later on in the year."

Belfast Telegraph