By Jake Donovan
MORE LIVE RESULTS TO COME………..
Sean McComb wasted no time in tearing through Miroslav Serban, scoring a 1st round knockout in his second straight appearance at Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
A swarm of punches ended their brief affair at 1:24 of round one in their ESPN+-streamed contest Friday evening.
McComb (7-0, 4KOs) went the full six rounds in his previous appearance at this very venue less than two months ago. The unbeaten super lightweight southpaw charged into Friday’s affair as if he were double parked, immediately pouncing on Czech Republic’s Serban (11-3, 6KOs) from the opening bell.
A body shot briefly froze Serban, who was backed into a corner as McComb went on the attack with knockout all the way on his mind. A knockdown wouldn’t come of the sequence, but the relentless and unanswered flurry was enough to prompt referee interevention.
Serban suffers the first stoppage loss of his career.
Another knockout ending came in the livestream opener. The feat marked the first of its kind for Steven Donnelly, who had been extended the distance in his first four pro bouts.
The fifth fight of his young career finally produced the first stoppage of his career. A perfectly placed left hook to the body put Nicaraguan journeyman Edwin Palacios for the full ten count in the 4th round of their middleweight scrap.
Donnelly scored the bout’s lone knockdown, a left hook to the body which doubled over Palacios to end the fight at 1:18 of round four.
Earlier in the evening prior to the start of ESPN+ coverage, Belfast’s own Lewis Crocker advanced to 8-0 (6KOs) following a six-round decision win over London’s Jumanne Camero in their over-the-limit welterweight affair.
Referee Hugh Russell Jr. was the lone scorer of the non-title fight, scoring 60-55 in favor of Crocker, who methodically outboxed Camero as thoroughly as reflected in the final tally.
Headlining the show, former bantamweight titlist Ryan Burnett returns to the ring for the first time since a fluke injury loss to Nonito Donaire to end his title reign last November. The fighting pride of Belfast will give the super bantamweight division a test drive, as he faces Philippines’ Jelbirt Gomera in a scheduled 10-round regional title fight.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox