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Sam Maxwell (17-2, 11 KOs) will face off against his former stablemate and friend Sean McComb (17-1, 5 KOs) in a “must win” fight in Belfast this Saturday on the undercard of Michael Conlan (18-2, 9 KOs) vs Jordan Gill (27-2-1, 8 KOs).
Maxwell and McComb were both trained by Danny Vaughan in Scotland but have both gone their separate ways with McComb now trained by Pete Taylor while Maxwell is trained by former British flyweight champion Paul Edwards at the famous Salisbury ABC.
Maxwell spoke to BBTV about his relationship with former stablemate McComb.
“We are friends…I know how hard he trains…I know how good he is…I’ve got a good relationship with him but come fight night we’ll definitely both put it aside.
“Even though we were friends when we trained together…there was always that rivalry…who was the best out of us in our heads? He might beat me at running, I might beat him at weight-lifting…there was always a rivalry there to see who was the best…so we are going to find out on Saturday.”
“Super Sam” has labeled the clash “must win” after his recent defeat to British champion Dalton Smith (15-0, 11 KOs)and McComb will be looking to carry on his winning run since his defeat to now British lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne (16-2, 4 KOs).
“It’s definitely a must win fight and it’s a fight I’ve got to win…I’m very confident in myself, camp’s gone great and I’m looking forward to it.” said Maxwell.
The scouser is now 35 years-old and in the latter stage of his career but is still aiming for one last chance at the big time with a win after falling short against Alejandro Meneses (16-6, 9 KOs) for the IBO world championship last year.
“I want one more final push to the top…I’ve come close, I feel like this is my second chance and I’ve got to take this one.”
Maxwell will hope to collect the WBO European junior-welterweight championship with a win and hopes it will bring him a big fight next year.
“This belt that I’m fighting for, I’ve had it in the past…it gets you a top 10 ranking with the WBO…get that and I’m right back up there for big opportunities.”
Opportunities at junior-welterweight could be very rewarding with the likes of Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs), Jack Catterall (28-1,13 KOs), Jose Ramirez (28-1, 18 KOs) and Arnold Barboza Jr (28-0, 10 KOs) all ranked in the top 15 with the WBO.