Fight Report


Pressure bursts pipes, isn’t that how the old saying goes? An example of which was Gavin Gwynne’s (13-2, 3 KOs) brilliant stoppage of Sean McComb (11-1, 5 KOs) in Bolton, England last Friday Night.

Things were going according to plan for the favoured McComb who started well, using a sharp accurate jab in an effort to stop Gwynne from setting his feet, unfortunately, his challenge was dealt a bitter blow towards the end of the opening Stanza with a cut sustained over his right eye from an accidental head clash.

Gwynne showed maturity, patient in his approach possibly in the knowledge that the man in front of him was unable to make a dent in his resolve, from the second round the reality was that McComb was never allowed back into the fight, Gwynne hurt him to the body with solid shots, mixing combinations to the head for good measure in dominating fashion.

Gwynne would himself suffer a cut to the back of the head in the fifth from an accidental elbow and further claret was spilt in the seventh, McComb again left with a cut to his cheek.

The Welshman was now a shark tasting the blood in the water, he stalked McComb looking for an ending that would promptly follow. McComb being forced into a last chance saloon situation due to punishment administered plus fatigue setting in, put together a string of body shots which ultimately would break his own heart. Gwynne never flinched under the attack but instead returned fire, landing hard shots which wilted the challenge of McComb who turned his back in an act of surrender, Referee Steve Gray stopped the fight at 2:09.

“I’m speechless,” Gwynne said. “I put so much into this camp, I was super fit, no one was going to beat me. I could have been in with any world-class fighter and I wouldn’t have stopped. And that was only first gear. Tony {Borg, his trainer] told me ‘don’t go up a gear, wait until he starts tiring’. But I didn’t have to.

“I knew I couldn’t stay on the backfoot with him. He was a world-class amateur, I couldn’t outbox him, I had to take it to him and take him out of his stride, then cut him up. I cut him in the first and I knew that would play on him, then I cut him in the second. Then I started going to work and started landing big shots. 

“Fair play to him, he stayed on his feet. I caught him with a big right on top of the head and he turned. I can’t find the words for how much this means to me.”

Gwynne told reporters that he was motivated by his losses to Cordina and Tennyson.

“When I was running the roads I was thinking about those fights and what I could have done differently,” he said.

“The Cordina fight I got outskilled and Tennyson is a world-level fighter. They were good learning fights and I knew Sean hadn’t been stepped up, so I knew this would be tough for him. I thought if I put it on him, he would crumble.”

I've been in the boxing industry for over 16 years but been a fan for almost double that figure. I'm the proud owner of TopClassBoxing which continues to go from strength to strength as we strive to give fight fans a voice to be heard amongst the community. I've also had several articles published by reputable magazines and you can usually catch me around ringside.


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