Former world lightweight champion Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko will fight against Ghanaian Richard Commey. The meeting will take place on the night of December 12 in New York. MK-Sport talks about the upcoming fight.
Defeated by Lopez
After Vasily Lomachenko’s victory over Masayoshi Nakatani, the choice in favor of Richard Commey was the most obvious option, provided that Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney would not agree to meet with the Ukrainian Matrix for any money.
Commee is already on the decline but is still a big name in the lightweight division. The Ghanaian “Terminator” became widely known after the defeats to Robert Easter and Denis Shafikov . In both cases, the African lost only by split decision. And a little later he still became the owner of the IBF world champion belt.about:blank
It was this title that was not enough for the Ukrainian to become the absolute champion in his division. Moreover, both for Lomachenko and for Commie, the meeting with Teofimo Lopez became fatal. But if the fight between Lomachenko and Lopez and the referee’s notes after it caused the sea with a question, the fight between Commey and Lopez turned out to be fast and categorical. The American knocked out the African in the second round.
Lomachenko and Kommi are also united by the fact that after their defeats they had one fight each, and both won early victories. Considering that both boxers are already 33 years old, neither of them is interested in the “bag diet”, and they can return to the championship race only after passing through each other.
Ganets has not had 12-round fights for a long time, so many experts doubt that he will have the strength to hold out the entire distance against the motorized Lomachenko. Vasily managed to rip and punch through the granite Nakatani, and Kommi was never considered an impenetrable boxer. In addition, his boxing skills were not enough to pass Shafikov and Easter.
Lomachenko, on the contrary, does not experience problems at the marathon distance, and even by the final rounds does not lose speed and activity. Therefore, it is assumed that after the fourth round, the Ukrainian will dominate the African. Moreover, the likelihood of an early victory of the “Matrix” over the “Terminator” is much more likely than his victory on points. Not to mention the victory of Commey, whose fate was last decided by the judges in 2017, after his 12-round fight against Hedi Slimani .
The main advantage of the gantz is in the length of the arms: Richard surpasses the opponent by 14 centimeters. But for Lomachenko, the size of the opponent was never a problem. Nakatani, Luke Campbell and Jose Pedraza also surpassed Lomachenko in arm length by 14 centimeters, but none of them managed to impose a competitive battle on the Ukrainian.
In addition, the last entry into the ring confirmed that Lomachenko retained his speed and technique. He did not make senseless stops in front of the opponent and competently left the jab line. Nakatani fought with the air, and in the eighth round finally sagged under the bombing of an opponent. The Ghanaian differs from the Japanese except in the presence of a knockout blow, but this weapon of Commey works with opponents who openly neglect defense. This clearly does not apply to Lomachenko.
On the one hand, Commie needs to take risks and try to knock out the Ukrainian in the first rounds, but this is not an African-style tactic. Surely, he will look for his chance to knock Lomachenko down in one round throughout the entire distance of the fight. He will also rely on his former stamina, which could provide him with the closest possible decision of the judges in the best years of his career. But now it seems that Lomachenko has much more stamina and endurance, and there is no lack of motivation. Therefore, he must “take” the fight.
And then the most interesting thing will begin – Vasily will have the opportunity to negotiate with the new world champion George Kambosos about the title fight. Or with Lopeosm about revenge – without the lost championship belts, Teofimo may be more accommodating. But first you have to go through Commie.
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