Vasily Lomachenko battles Richard Commey on Dec.11th
By Matt Lieberman: Vasily Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) will be taking on #6 WBC Richard Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) on December 11th in a fight that should be fun to watch for as long as it lasts.
For Lomachenko, this should be the last stop before he faces Teofimo Lopez in a rematch in early 2022, provided Teo wins his next fight against George Kambosos Jr.
Dan Rafael is reporting the Lomachenko-Commey fight is in the works for December 11th in a Top Rank promoted card. Promoter Bob Arum is putting together a great fight for the fans.
Commey (30-3, 27 KOs), a former IBF 135-lb champion, is one of the biggest punchers in the lightweight division.
Although a little setback in a stoppage loss to Teofimo Lopez in December 2019, he’s got his career back on track with a fine win over Jackson Marinez last December.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko, 33, is fresh off a ninth round TKO win over Japanese knockout artist Masayoshi Nakatani on June 26th, and he’s looking to continue picking up highlight-reel wins.
For fans not aware, Nakatani is a fighter Teofimo Lopez defeated in July 2019, going the 12 round distance with him in a highly competitive fight. Lomachenko had no problems with Nakatani, dominating him from the opening bell and rarely getting hit
“Per sources, Lomachenko likely will face former lightweight world titlist Richard Commey on Dec. 11. #boxing,” said @DanRafael1.
Commey, 34, is not going to be a cakewalk for Lomachenko. He’s going to have to be careful at all times with the powerful Commey, who has legitimate one-punch power.
Commey hits just as hard as Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and Teofimo, if not harder. He’s not as busy as those guys, and his defense has always been lacking.
Lomachenko is on a mission for retribution after losing a 12 round unanimous decision to Teofimo Lopez last October. That was was not a good performance by Lomachenko, as he wasn’t letting his hands go through the first six rounds.
When Lomachenko finally did start throwing shots in the seventh, he took control of the contest, getting the better of Teofimo in five of the last six rounds.
Surprisingly, two judges gave Lomachenko very little credit for his comeback in the second half of the fight, scoring it for Teofimo 119-109 and 117-111. The third judge had the fight a little closer, scoring it 116-111 for Teofimo.
Lomachenko learned from the Teofimo fight that he could not afford to start slowly because the 24-year-old can run away with the fight.
Richard Commey’s best wins as a pro:
- Jackson Marinez
- Raymundo Beltran
- Isa Chaniev
- Yardley Armenta Cruz
In December 2019, Commey got blitzed by Teofimo, losing by a second round knockout after running into a right hand. The shot was so fast and powerful that Commey never had a chance to recover. Teofimo immediately pounced on him to take him out in lightning fashion.
That was a learning experience from Commey because he obviously realized afterward that he can’t let his guard down against big punchers like Teofimo.
In Commey’s other defeats, he lost to Denis Shafikov and Robert Easter Jr in back-to-back fights in 2016.
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