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Sean McComb sets sights on title joy after clinical Ulster Hall victory


In reach: Sean McComb lands on Mauro Maximiliano Godoy

In reach: Sean McComb lands on Mauro Maximiliano Godoy

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Gary Cully celebrates his Irish lightweight title success

Gary Cully celebrates his Irish lightweight title success

AMMG Sports/Chris Scott

In reach: Sean McComb lands on Mauro Maximiliano Godoy

The rise and rise of Sean McComb continued apace at the Ulster Hall on Saturday night as 'The Public Nuisance' cleared another hurdle to set up what looks like a very exciting 2020.

In what was a big step up against Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, west Belfast man McComb comfortably cleared the challenge.

He made it look effortless and forced the Argentinian's corner to pull their man out after the sixth round to improve his record to 10-0 and leave him on the brink of a first title opportunity.

It was a major statement from McComb, who rose to the occasion as the headline act and cemented his credentials as a serious prospect for big things with a move down to lightweight also on the cards as he goes in search of a title belt in the near future.

"I have been speaking to my nutritionist all week and made the Championship weight easily," he said after Saturday's win.

"I was actually a pound under on the morning so I was able to have a caramel square and a coffee before the weigh-in, so I can make this weight easily without the hard sweat sessions.

"If an opportunity comes at 140lb then that's great, but I can move down and keep my options open.

"There is potential for a title to be on the line in the next one or the one after that, but Jamie (Conlan) and the lads at MTK are keeping an eye on the belt situation."

McComb eased into Saturday's fight against Godoy, using his long levers and exceptional movement to bank the early rounds as he grew into the contest.

The visitor was seemingly happy to try and negate his work and try to sway the judges with late rallies in the rounds.

By the fourth, McComb was fully into his groove with the crowd in full voice as he spun and pinned Godoy onto the ropes and unleashed a flurry of punches.

A body shot in the fifth had Godoy gasping for air as the Argentine's body language suggested he was beginning to unravel and while he did manage to see out the round, one last effort in the sixth wasn't enough as McComb picked his shots to perfection, mixing power with precision, and that was enough to seal the deal.

"I landed a couple of decent long hooks. I wasn't putting much behind them, they were arm shots and not much body power behind them," he explained.

"He started putting his hands up and leaving gaps downstairs, so I was throwing some backhands to the body and I think that's why he started gassing and overthinking. By the end he just started to gas out."

In the chief support, Gary Cully claimed the Irish lightweight title as he blitzed Belfast's Joe Fitzpatrick in the opening round.

The Kildare man landed a heavy left followed by a right to drop the former Immaculata amateur early and while Fitzpatrick rose, he was on unsteady legs and a short left sent him staggering back with a follow-up assault enough to see referee David Irving call a halt.

David Oliver Joyce enjoyed a fifth-round stoppage against veteran Lee Haskins, with a knee injury contributing to the demise of the former world bantamweight champion.

Welter Lewis Crocker, had the best win of his career so far as he outpointed Scotland's John Thain in emphatic fashion, while fellow Belfast men Padraig McCrory and Ruairi Dalton also had wins at super-middleweight and super-feater, respectively.

Belfast Telegraph