Boxing’s chief scientist returns to center ring at Madison Square Garden, as 🇺🇦Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko (15-2-0, 11KO) hops back in the drivers seat in his ongoing pursuit of sustainable Lightweight supremacy, as widely respected Ghanaian power puncher 🇬🇭Richard “RC” Commey (30-3-0, 27KO) is geared to remind everyone that he is still in the thick of the elite, ranking as one of the better fighters of the 135 lb. division, and now has the major opportunity to prove himself here against an elite craftsmen.
Richard Commey’s last showing was a dynamite outing against 🇩🇴Jackson Marinez last February, knocking him out, putting him on the canvas with two devastating right hands in the 6th round of their contest, to put Richard Commey back in the drivers seat of high profile options to follow.
To note, this is the same Jackson Marinez that droves of onlookers believed to have beaten 🇺🇸Rolly Romero, but was shorted on the official scorecards…so a bit of a litmus test there indicates that Commey is still one that other top-tier Lightweights should be careful of when they enter the ring with him.
As for Vasiliy Lomachenko, the only question coming in was health, as his labrum injury affected him in a couple of ways negatively against 🇭🇳🇺🇸Teofimo Lopez. After getting the necessary surgery, the question was, would he be reluctant to utilize his lead right hand, or would he trust the workings of his Physician and utilize the shoulder at full scope
Well as his next opponent 🇯🇵Masayoshi Nakatani found out…Loma was able to probe, fence, jab with authority, and put full range on the right hook without interference, and Vasiliy put forth a vintage performance in breaking down the seemingly unbreakable Nakatani (from a physical sense) through 9 rounds of ongoing punishment leading up to the stoppage.
Richard Commey and Vasiliy Lomachenko have unfinished business. How We will dig into that late this week in its own column, but they finally have an opportunity to meet. Two elite ranking 135 lb. boxers in what should be called “Lightweight Season” given most of the moving parts atop the division have entered the ring in the last 2 weeks, with this bout to follow.
This fight contest can be found on both ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN+). The big room at the famed Madison Square Garden will host the event, and it harbors an undercard boasting some of boxings youngest top talent. Who will win this main event? Tune in on December 11th to find out.