Sean McComb wins opening bout at World Boxing Championships

Sean McComb is through to the last 16 of the World Boxing Championships in Doha
Sean McComb is through to the last 16 of the World Boxing Championships in Doha

Seán McComb eased through to the last 16 of the World Boxing Championships after a unanimous 3-0 win over Mexican Lindolfo Delgado Garca in Doha.

The Belfast lightweight recovered from an edgy second round to secure a place in round two on Friday.

McComb, a European bronze medallist, won the first round 10-9 but lost the second by the same score.

The 23 year old, making his debut at this level, did enough to win the third and advance on a 29-28 verdict.

"I'm very happy," said the Holy Trinity southpaw.

"My coaches got the tactics right, I said before that if I listen to them and get the tactics right that I'd win," said.

McComb's win on Wednesday sets up a rematch with number three seed Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan, who defeated the Belfast native in a tight European Games semi-final in Baku in June.

Belfast light-flyweight Brendan Irvine is also through to the last 16 following a 3-0 win over Nico Hernandez in his opening fight.

Irvine dominated the contest to secure a meeting with Turkey's Muhammet Unlu in the last 16 on Thursday.

"It's good to get Ireland off to a winning start and hopefully the rest of the lads can do the business," said Irvine.

Irvine won a silver medal at the European Games in Baku in June.

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