Ukrainian maestro Vasiliy Lomachenko reaffirmed his status as one of the top dogs in the lightweight division with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Richard Commey in New York.
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) showcased his trademark footwork and punch volume from the opening bell, consistently cutting through Commey (30-4, 27 KOs) and hurting the former IBF lightweight champion at regular intervals throughout the contest.
Despite his dominance, ‘Loma’ was unable to force the stoppage. However, in the most notable action of the bout, Lomachenko appeared to have his Ghanaian opponent at his mercy in the seventh after poleaxing Commey with a crunching left hand that sent him crashing to the canvas.
Commey would drag himself to his feet, but was visibly hurt and on shaky legs. Instead of following up, Lomachenko gestured repeatedly to the Commey corner to step in and halt the contest, and seemed to take his foot off of the gas considerably before allowing Commey to regain his composure in a remarkably low-key eighth round.
Nevertheless, the three-weight world champion cruised home to a lopsided unanimous decision and positions himself as the WBO’s number one contender for unified champion George Kambosos Jr.
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