Former Ukrainian lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Ghanaian Richard Commey last Saturday, December 11, in a fight that lasted 12 rounds, where he dominated from start to finish in front of the public present at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lomachenko vs Commey was the stellar fight of the boxing event organized by Top Rank, here we show you the analysis of the fight and the most important things that the event left behind.
Lomachenko vs Commey
Vasyl Lomachenko came to this fight after beating Masayoshi Nakatani by knockout, whom he faced time after losing his belts against Teofimo Lopez. ‘Loma’ made it known to the public after his fight with Lopez that he was injured in one shoulder, for which he not only performed below his usual level in that fight, but also stayed away from the ring for 8 months before to return to face the Japanese. His fight against the latter was for the public to see the real Llomachenko again, that is, he showed exquisite boxing and simply destroyed Nakatani. Therefore, without even observing the last fights of Richard Commey, ‘Loma’ already entered as a wide favorite to take the victory.
For his part, Richard Commey also came from fighting and losing to Teofimo Lopez in his penultimate fight, after which we had to wait more than a year to see him again in the ring, this time facing Jackson Marinez. In front of Lopez, Commey fell notably by knockout, however he returned to beat Marinez by the same method. The Ghanaian has never let the public see a very technical boxing, but instead brings out the power of his hands, winning more than 80% of his fights by knockout.
The first round of the fight between Lomachenko and Commey was a study by both boxers, however, Commey proposed a greater volume of blows and managed to take the round. From then on it was a monologue by Lomachenko, who looked better and better as the rounds went by, showing an exquisite footwork, great volume of punches, accurate timing and spectacular defense.
So much so, that in the seventh round of the fight ‘Loma’ manages to knock Commey down with a powerful left hand coming out of a clinch, however, the Ukrainian preferred to turn his attention to the Ghanaian’s corner suggesting that they stop the fight, and Seeing that they did not, he continued to punish his rival, who was seen to be in rather bad condition, so much so that Lomachenko notices him and goes back to the rival corner, suggesting the same as before, but not achieving what was expected. Richard Commey ends up bouncing back from that seventh round barrage and surviving the rest of the fight, although it was a delight for the former Ukrainian champion.
Main card results
Watch here the results of the other matches of the main card
- James Wilkins vs Juan Tapia: Wilkins wins by UD
- John Bauza vs Michael Williams Jr: Bauza wins by Knockout in 4th round
- Jared Anderson vs Oleksandr Teslenko: Anderson wins by knockout in 2nd round
The preliminary matches of the night were also exciting and once again left the names of Xander Zayas, Nico Ali Walsh and Keyshawn Davis in the fans memory, who won their respective matches.
Here are some images (via Top Rank) left by the event last Saturday.
As a special section, the organizer Top Rank dedicated a fragment of the event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bob Arum, promoter and co-founder of the organizer.
After Lomachenko’s resounding victory, what do you think is the next step in his career? Without a doubt, the lightweight division is on fire, and although Lomachenko is now only interim WBO champion, to many fans he is still the best fighter in the division and one of the best pound for pound. Will a fight against George Kambosos be promoted for the unification of belts? Will you choose other talents like Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis or Ryan Garcia? Will the rematch against Teofimo Lopez come? Either way, any of these potential bouts would be a delight to all boxing fans.