Friday 23 March 2018

McComb bows out but Irish trio still in mix

Seán McComb of Ireland. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Seán McComb of Ireland. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Sean McComb bowed out of the World Elite Championships at the last 16 stage on a unanimous decision to Cuba's No 2 seed Andy Cruz-Gomez in Hamburg, Germany, last night.

The judges handed the Americas champion a 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 verdict, with the three 10-8 rounds to the Cuban raising eyebrows given the quality of McComb's work.

Meanwhile, Irish captain Joe Ward, Brendan Irvine and Dean Gardiner - the last three Irish boxers left in Hamburg - fight in the last 16 of the tournament today.

Ward meets Georgia's Iago Kizira for a place in the last eight and Irvine is in against Korea's Inkyu Kim.

Gardiner earned a unanimous decision over Hyeon Do Kim on his world debut on Saturday, but the 10-8 round against the Korean in the first was unfair as he was floored because of an accidental clash of heads and not a punch.

Gardiner, who meets Columbia's No 4 seed Cristian Salcedo for a place in the quarter-finals said: "It was a clash of heads, accidental.

"I thought the whole fight I was comfortable enough all the way through it. I want to keep the ball rolling now and I'm confident."

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