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Sean McComb must embrace being the headline act at the Ulster Hall

Carl Frampton


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Sean McComb, left, wins against Troy James in the Lightweight devision during boxing in the Ulster Hall. Pic by Peter Morrison

Sean McComb, left, wins against Troy James in the Lightweight devision during boxing in the Ulster Hall. Pic by Peter Morrison

Sean McComb, left, wins against Troy James in the Lightweight devision during boxing in the Ulster Hall. Pic by Peter Morrison

There is something very special about headlining at the Ulster Hall and Sean McComb has to grab this opportunity with both fists this Saturday night.

The expectation and interest around Sean has grown quite a bit over the past year and that's why he has been given the chance to top the show in only his 10th fight.

It was roughly around the same time in my career that I headlined for the first time in the great old venue. I was matched with former European title challenger Yuri Voronin which was ideal at that time because he had a lot of experience and was quite well known because of his fight with Bernard Dunne who was in serious trouble in the final round.

So Voronin was a good guy for me to face in the main event but Sean's opponent Mauro Maximillian Godoy is even better. Fair play to Sean, he hasn't taken a step backwards since turning professional and even though he had a tough fight last time out he has been prepared to take another big step up in class.

It's a real honour to top the bill and it brings a new pressure. That is something that some can handle better than others but I've no doubt that Sean will thrive and this is the chance for him to really put down a marker for the rest of his career - show that he is the real deal as a major title prospect and someone who can go on and headline even bigger shows.

The fact that people are talking about him magnifies the pressure and the hard core old boxing guys who come to the Ulster Hall know what they're watching and they will let everyone know if Sean has what it takes to cut it at a higher level.

Godoy has been in with some good fighters and looks like the kind of guy who will give Sean a proper test, though the fight of the night could come when Belfast's Joe Fitzpatrick meets Gary Cully for the Irish lightweight title. Fitzpatrick's inactivity could come back to haunt him in what should be a very entertaining scrap.

But the main focus will be on Sean who was a quality amateur and someone who I've thought for a long time has a lot of potential. He has nice whippy punches and although he had some tough moments in his last fight that will do him the world of good.

You can't just go throughout your early development without being under the cosh at some point. That's how you learn and Emiliano Rodriguez made life awkward at times for Sean back in November. But you learn a lot from nights like that. It was the same for me in fights such as the ones against Robbie Turley and Raul Hirales and even more so the first fight with Kiko Martinez for the European title.

This Saturday night Sean has to go in there and embrace the occasion and show that he has the potential over the next 12 months to be the next Belfast boxer knocking on the door of a world title shot.

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