Boxing: Sean McComb and Joe Ward ease into last 16 in Almaty

Sean McComb & Joe Ward cruised into the last-16 at the AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships.

The Belfast McComb lightweight totally controlled the 60kg contest to post a 30-27,30-26,30-26 unanimous decision and his second win at the 100-nation tournament.

McComb, the fifth Ulster boxer to reach the last-16, will now meet Azerbaijan’s Elvin Isayevon Tuesday. Isayev saw off the challenge of No. 8 seed Vazgen Safaryants (Belarus) today.

Isayev won gold at the European U/22 Championships in Russia last year. The Azeri lightweight also secured bronze at the Great Silk Way tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2012.

Later in the day , Joe Ward became the only Irish boxer that is not from Ulster to make the last-16 following a composed display against Mateusz Tryc of Poland in the light-heavyweight class.

The Moate BC (Westmeath) southpaw  could have been forgiven for being apprehensive going into this clash as he twisted his left knee against Tryc at the European Championships in Belarus in June and had to retire from the tournament.

But there were no freak injuries today, as Ward, boxing with composure and skill from head to body and back throughout the three rounds posted a 30-27,30-26,30-27 win.

Ward will now face Hungary’s Norbert Harsca on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Michael Conlan, Jason Quigley and Tommy McCarthy will be in action on Monday.

As a result of Sunday’s bouts, Ireland now has six boxers through to the last 16 ‘business end of the tournament’ –   McComb,Ward, Barnes,Conlan,Quigley and McCarthy.

Here is Sean McComb after his  victory today : and Billy Walsh’s thoughts on ‘Sunday in Almaty’ :


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