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Comeback was a colossal error

RING comebacks are, with rare exceptions, doomed to failure. Latest to learn his lesson the hard way is former Irish heavyweight champion Kevin McBride.

Weighing his heaviest ever at 20st 2lbs, the slow-moving Clones Colossus was comprehensively outpointed over eight rounds by Zack Page, who conceded nearly six stone, in Poughkeepsie, New York, last weekend.

Two of the judges gave every one of the eight rounds to Page, who came in at 48 hours' notice to replace another journeyman, Robert Hawkins. The other judge scored it 78-74.

It was only Page's 21st win in 52 fights. One of his losses was to Cork-based Cuban Mike Perez, who outscored him in Newcastle last year.

At 37, there is surely no way back for McBride, who predicted beforehand that he 'meant business' and was out to make up for lost time, having been away from the ring since October 2007.

Since scoring a memorable knockout of a jaded Mike Tyson five years ago, the Monaghan man has lost three out of four, taking his career total to 34 wins, seven losses and one draw.