Vasily Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey: Preview and prediction
Vasily Lomachenko returns on Saturday night. The former pound-for-pound star is ready to get back to winning ways, but standing in his way is the always tough former IBF 135-pound champion Richard Commey.
The bout between Lomachenko and Commey airs live on ESPN, and the winner could earn a big fight down the road. With George Kambosos recent win over Teofimo Lopez, the lightweight division has turned around.
Let’s take a look at what we can expect when Vasily Lomachenko and Richard Commey square off on Saturday night.
Vasily Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey: Preview
Vasily Lomachenko is considered one of the best lightweights on the planet, and rightfully so. ‘Hi-tech’ burst onto the professional boxing scene in 2013 after his storied amateur career. ‘Loma’ quickly acclimated to the professional style while winning a share of the featherweight title in his third fight.
Over the next few years, the Ukrainian built his reputation by destroying fighters like Guillermo Rigondeaux and Gary Russell Jr. Despite his potential GOAT (Greatest of All Time) hype, the multi-division king fell in 2020 after losing to Teofimo Lopez. Lomachenko bounced back in June of this year by dominating Masayoshi Nakatani.
Meanwhile, Richard Commey has had a very different path to stardom than his celebrated opponent. Commey operated under the radar until his fight with Robert Easter Jr. in 2016. Commey came up short that night, but has since made a name for himself as one of the toughest lightweights in the world.
Vasily Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey: Prediction.
Vasily Lomachenko is the heavy favorite against Richard Commey this Saturday.
Lomachenko is one of the smartest and most defensive fighters in the division. That’s not to say he can’t be dragged into a fight, but the best chance of beating him is in the early rounds of the bout. Lomachenko is known to get better as the fight progresses.
Similar to Floyd Mayweather Jr, “Hi-Tech” unloads early information on his opponents before attacking in the later rounds. Commey also has a top-notch offense. ‘RC’s’ biggest weapon is his right hand, which has fueled many of his 27 knockouts.
While Commey can, hypothetically, land a right hand and knock Lomachenko down, that’s not likely. Lomachenko has one of the best chins in the world, and has been on the warpath since his setback to Lopez. The easy bet is for Lomachenko to win big here.
Vasily Lomachenko will get a big win on Saturday night on ESPN. “Hi-Tech” is one of the most complete fighters in the division, and while Commey is tough, it won’t be enough.
Commey is likely to have some early success and look for the quick finish. However, over the course of the fight, the tables will turn and Lomacheno will choke him out and score a big knockout victory.