By Thomas Lyons (WrapsOnTV)
Another debutant and highly tipped to go all the way, Sean McComb made a huge statement last night, stopping Reynaldo Mora in the fourth round in front of a strong Irish faithful inside the National Football Stadium in Belfast.
The slick, rangy Lightweight southpaw was given the opportunity by promoter Frank Warren and would have been a dream come true to feature on the same card as hometown hero Carl Frampton, who comprehensively beat Luke Jackson and Tyson Fury who extended his unbeaten record to 27-0 against Francesco Pianetta, winning on points.
Whilst McComb is undefeated also, there is still a long way to go before he can start making strides in the paid ranks and challenge for major titles. The apprenticeship or learning process so to speak of adding to his amateur background has begun and by doing so in emphatic fashion sends strong signals out to the rest of the 135lb division, that the Antrim man is not messing about.
Having been placed in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, well documented in the media that McComb had been involved in an incident outside a nightclub while he was out in Australia representing the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games this year, McComb has made a fresh a start to life and no better way than turning over.
A lot is made of these cases when a consummate professional like McComb has been since being involved in boxing from an early age is caught up in some sort of trouble or complication and the 26-year-old realises his mistakes and wants to make himself heard for more positive reasons, rightly so.
His innocence was well spoken about and now turned his ambitions from starting quick, getting wins under his belt to aspirations of world title glory in the near future.
MTK have also got McComb board and will be guiding this young fighter through his journey to the pinnacle of the sport. Having previously been told to box on the Michael Conlan homecoming card, for some reason fell through, McComb wasn’t going to deny himself once again and made clear his intentions of fighting on the biggest platform and shows out there with BT Sport, the broadcast partner.
McComb has redeemed himself for decisions made in the past that may have affected his career more seriously but stayed focused in the build-up to Windsor Park and provided the Belfast crowd with a sensational win to kickstart a fruitful career.