Sean McComb has promised a “boxing masterclass” at Falls Park on Friday night as he looks to get his career back on track.
The Belfast lightweight suffered his first defeat as a professional six months ago when he lost out to Gavin Gwynne in a Commonwealth title fight.
McComb blames the loss on “a number of factors” but is ready to bounce back in style on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s showdown with TJ Doheny on Friday night.
“I don’t reflect on the last fight – it was madness,” he said.
“I watched it back last week and I was a shadow of myself. I couldn’t believe what I was watching.
“It was a bad camp, bad attitude. I had no sparring. I had just become a father and opened a new gym. I had a fight put back three times, and I had a 16-week camp and was holding weight all over Christmas. I just wasn’t with it.
“I thought I would just go in there and win, but it proves that you have to be professional in every aspect. Boxing, living, training, nutrition – everything has to be planned and structured.”
McComb’s ring return is spiked with some danger, the 28-year-old going in against an opponent who once fought Adrien Broner for the WBO world super-featherweight title.
And while Vicente Martin Rodriguez may be into the twilight of his career, McComb believes it is the perfect test for him to get back on track.
“I asked for a good opponent, and I want a good test,” he added.
“I don’t want to go right down the ladder again. I don’t need to build my confidence again. I am still the same Sean McComb.
“I need to get back to proper boxing, which I know I can do.
“I was due to fight Craig Woodruff, but we have a good replacement in a fighter who has fought for a world title against Adrien Broner.”
McComb weighed in on Thursday, reaching the lightweight limited “comfortably” even after enjoying a chocolate bar and cup of coffee earlier that morning.
“My nutritionist Stephen Floyd is an absolute genius,” he said.
“I didn’t even struggle. I make weight comfortably. I had a Twix and cup of tea last night. I had a Twix and cup of coffee this morning.
“People think it’s madness, but it’s things done right and sticking to a plan.
“You get a bit tired with cutting out carbs and things, to make weight, but Stephen tells me to trust the process and that it’s normal. And he’s right.
“I made it easy in the end.
“The other fighters are raging because they are struggling to make weight, and they’re asking me where I get my energy from.”
Friday will be McComb’s second Feile fight.
Two years ago he beat Renald Garrido in front of a raucous home crowd.
One of the defining images of that night was McComb walking to Falls Park with an entourage of his St James’ fans following behind.
“All the ones from St James’ will be walking in with me again this time,” he smiles.
“There will be a DJ walking with us and people can bring their own drink.
“It is a special night. After two years of being locked up, it is good for everyone to get out and have a bit of freedom again.”
“People will see the real Sean McComb on Friday night. “