Lomachenko returns with a dominant performance in New York City

By Mark Elezaj

New York – Vasiliy Lomachenko continued his climb back to the top of the lightweight division with an impressive performance to beat Richard Commey in Madison Square Garden.

From the opening bell, Lomachenko picked Richard Commey apart, took command of the fight, scored a knockdown in the seventh round, winning a unanimous decision with the scores of 119-108, 119-108, 117-110.

The Fighting Voice had it 119-108 for Lomachenko.

After a slow start to the fight by both men, Lomachenko jumped on his opponent, closing the distance, landing his right hand and connecting to the body.

Commey had some success going to the body of Lomachenko as well, but he returned fire most effectively with combinations ending in hard lefts to the head.

Lomachenko continued to land the jab and was able to make his opponent miss while moving laterally to change the angle of attack when countering.

In round seven, Lomachenko forced Commey back to the ropes with a barrage of short punches, dropping him with a left hand. Lomachenko then pointed to Commey’s corner, asking them to stop the fight.

Lomachenko continued to attack Commey, forcing him into the ropes on shaky legs. Lomachenko again waved at his corner, telling them to stop the fight and save their fighter.

An uppercut wobbled Commey, and with referee Steve Willis hovering, Commey punched back to keep himself in the fight, surviving to the bell.

Trainer Andre Rozier asked Commey, “Are you OK? Are you in the fight?” Commey told Rozier yes. Rozier then said if he saw Commey getting hurt like that again, he would stop the fight.

Commey came out for round eight on steadier feet, but Lomachenko continued his attack on Commey who was unable to land anything in response.

Lomachennko remained in control of the fight, controlling the tempo and land on Commey with ease.

“I saw his situation,” explained Lomachenko. “It was very hard for him. That’s why I said, ‘hey, stop the fight’. But he’s a true warrior. He has heart. We continued, and we showed the people 12 great rounds.”

Lomachenko has his eyes set on regaining his titles at lightweight. When asked if he would fight the current unified champion George Kambosos Jr. next, Lomachenko replied. “Yes, of course. Of course. I need this chance. If God gives me this chance, I take it.”

When asked if he would be willing to face the champion in his home nation of Australia, Loma responded “I will go anywhere I need to go to fight him.”

~ The Fighting Voice ~

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