Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey Preview

Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey Preview


Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey Preview


Adam Hunger/Associated Press

On Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, Madison Square Garden will host what should be another historic matchup between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey. Lomachenko is looking to make a statement and return to the top of the division, but former world champion Commey is looking to stand in his way and do the same. 

Lomachenko (15-2) had a dominant start to his professional career with a record of 14-1 and tied the record with Saensak Muangsurin for winning a world title in just his third fight. After winning 13 fights in a row, Lomachenko would lose on October 17, 2020, to Teofimo Lopez by unanimous decision. He made his return on June 26, 2021, in a fight against Masayoshi Nakatani that he won by TKO. 

Commey (30-3) on the other hand had to go through 24 fights before getting a world title shot. Unlike Lomachenko he would not win the first time and would have to go through four more fights before he got another shot against Isa Chaniev in 2019 when he won it. Commey, like Lomachenko, went on to lose to Lopez in 2019 and just made his return in February 2021. That match would be against Jackson Marinez where he won by KO for the 27th time in his career. 

So how do the two match up? Commey has the size advantage being 5-feet-8-inches with a reach of 71 inches, while Lomachenko is 5-feet-7-inches tall and his reach is 65.5 inches. This plays into an advantage for Commey as Lomachenko will have to get inside close range where Commey can catch him. Commey will have to aim for the body on his strikes because what Lomachenko loves to do when opponents aim for his head is slip outside and counter it by creating an outside angle.

For their fighting styles, Commey is more stationary while Lomachenko is more agile and should be able to maneuver around him with ease to get an advantage. Lomachenko’s footwork plays well into his speed which will help him in this fight. With Commey not being much of a speed fighter, he relies more on his heavy right-hand to secure knockout wins. If Commey wants to win it will have to be early on in the fight. Lomachenko is one of the more defensively sound fighters in the lightweight division and because of this he gets better as the fight progresses.

A win here would put Lomachenko in contention to face undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. It would also do the same for Commey if he wins as well. The stakes are high for this match, which will make it an interesting one to watch! 

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