McComb nerveless despite high-profile US debut

Sean McComb is remaining cool-headed as he prepares to fight on the undercard of Demetrius Andrade vs. Walter Kautondokwa in Boston this weekend.

‘The Public Nuisance’ has been touted as one of the hottest prospects in boxing – breezing to 3-0 with two stoppage wins and an assured points victory.

One man refusing to get caught up in the hype, however, is the fighter himself.

McComb said: “There are no nerves. Not yet anyway. I’m just taking it like any other show. Once you get in the arena, everything is blocked out, to be honest.

“I’m more excited than nervous, really. I’m really looking forward to getting in there and showing the American crowd what I’m about.

“It’s just another day. I’m not too eager to knock people out or look impressive. I’m not too eager to look like a superstar. I know what I’m capable of.

“The more relaxed I am, the better I’m going to look. That’s the way I see things. I know my performance looks a lot better when I relax, so that helps me.

“I had a tough opponent in my last fight. He was swinging, biting down on his gumshield and coming back at me. He was dangerous with the head and pushing mine down so I learned a lot. I was able to adapt and I learned a lot, which will stand me in good stead in the long run.

“It says a lot about Irish boxing that there are four top fighters in myself, Michael Conlan, Sean Donnelly and Davey Oliver Joyce – four guys who were on the same amateur team together – all fighting in the US in the space of a week.

“It’s great, the work that MTK Global is doing to get these fighters out there. They’ve got links with massive promoters now and it’s great to see.”

McComb & Donnelly double-act booked at Madison Square Garden

The professional careers of former amateur team-mates Sean McComb and Steven Donnelly will continue in tandem at New York’s Madison Square Garden after their outings in Belfast on October 5.

McComb (2-0-KO2) and Donnelly (2-0) made their professional bows at Windsor Park and have since recorded victories on the Amir Khan undercard in Birmingham.

Ahead of starring on MTK Global’s colossal show at Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre, the pair have been announced on the undercard of Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden on October 27.

McComb said: “I wasn’t exactly expecting to start my career off like this. You couldn’t ask for anything better.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s unheard of. It doesn’t seem real. It seems like a big dream. Madison Square Garden is something every single fighter dreams of. To have a big stadium fight on debut and now this is just incredible.

“It’s good to have someone who’s career is going in the same direction in Steven, too. Steven was top 10 in the world as an amateur and he’s a serious talent.

“Steven’s a bit older and experienced so he’s looking to push on in his career and fight for titles quickly. For me to go along with him, it boosts my confidence if I’m getting pushed with him.”

Donnelly said: “Windsor Park was fantastic and now I’m on at Madison Square Garden having had my second fight on Amir Khan’s undercard. You can’t get much better than that!

“Fighting at Madison Square Garden is what boxing dreams are made of. I have to pinch myself and it’s a great surprise.

“Once again, it’s myself and Sean McComb and it’s great to have him with me on the same cards and going at the same pace so bring it on.

“I improved in my second fight and felt a different fighter. I hope to keep that going in Belfast on October 5 and then improve again for Madison Square Garden. I’m absolutely buzzing for it.”