Vasyl Lomachenko y Richard Commey

The last three weeks have proven that the best division in boxing is lightweight. Thanks to the depth he has among top 10 seed talent, a unified champion, and strong personalities that help promote the sport.

This Saturday, to close the exhibition cycle, the former 135-pound world champions will face each other. The ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (15-2-0, 11 KO’s) against the Ghanaian Richard Commey (30-3-0, 27 KO’s) when they meet in the ring of Madison Square Garden, in New York.

The lightweight division

Both the Ukrainian and the African are forced to maintain the high quality standard set by the duels between George Kambosos vs Teofimo Lopez two weeks ago. After Devin haney vs Joseph “JoJo” Diaz last saturday and finally Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz vs Gervonta davis just this sunday.

All those fights exceeded expectation, particularly that of Kambosos vs Lopez, when the Australian of Greek origin starred in the surprise of the year to remove the Guatemalan-American from the throne as unified and lineal lightweight champion.

The performance of the Mexican cross, which debuted in a stellar role in pay-per-view, has been one of the most enjoyable performances of 2021 in a leading role against Davis. He pushed him to the limit for the first time in 12 rounds to retain a secondary belt from the AMB.

Haney, for his part, he did a decent job clearly overcoming the complicated obstacle that represented JoJo Diaz to keep showing off the confusing belt CMB that he has in his possession and that accredits him as world lightweight champion of this body. It also has a version of the belt, but ‘franchise’ for Kambosos.

The preview between Vasyl Lomachenko and Richard Commey

Kambosos, in turn, he is considered the undisputed champion. As a result we have a vibrant ecosystem at 135 pounds with actors eager to fight the best, middlemen in a position of power who could reconcile an attractive lawsuit in 2022 and the interest of streaming platforms, as well as Showtime Y ESPN + to produce these billboards.

But that is getting ahead of ourselves, minimizing the speculation and risk aversion factor that developers like Floyd mayweather, in charge of Davis, have and veterans own like Bob arum/Top rank, Al Haymon / PBC, and that of Oscar de la hoya/Golden Boy Promotions, without neglecting that of Eddie hearn/Matchroom Boxing.

Let’s go back to the combat of Lomachenko vs Commey. Both men conquered in the ring by a version in fullness of Lopez in light weight, in his best interpretation of the ‘Take over‘, first annihilating the Ghanaian in two rounds in December 2019 to take away his title FIB and then hacking into The Matrix in October of last year to snatch all his belts, in a performance that catapulted him alongside Tyson fury to be named ‘Fighter of the Year 2020‘by the magazine The RING.

After the impact of that achievement, Commey, 34, returned on February 13 after taking a sabbatical to subdue Jackson Martinez by knockout in six rounds and claim credit as the magazine’s No. 5 ranked The Ring at lightweight for a fight that profiles him back to a title. This is against Lomachenko.

For his part, the 33-year-old Ukrainian sorcerer arrives profiled as ranked number 8 in the ranking. Pound for pound from The Ring with a nine-round TKO win over the Japanese Masayoshi Nakatani, the 26th of June.

According Timothy bradley, the former world welterweight champion and now an analyst for ESPN: “This confrontation is dangerous for both of us. I anticipate that Knoll it will start much slower than it did against Nakatani, because Commey is considerably larger and stronger, and outperforms Knoll by 4 inches. Knoll he is technically better, wiser and has seen this style many times ”.

What will happen after this fight? The answer depends on who wins and how they win.
Yes Lomachenko Winning looking aged and operating at full capacity at 135 pounds is going to reinforce the narrative that his time would have passed in the division and now is the time for the rising youth to challenge him to prove his status as an attraction and give him his last ‘paydays. ‘juicy to ‘The Matrix’.

The keys to the fight between Lomachenko and Commey

On the contrary, if Commey is glaringly broken by Lomachenko In less than 6 rounds, very few are going to want to challenge him in the short term as the Ukrainian solidifies his status as Pound for pound and aspiring to the unified title (that many consider undisputed). This one has it Kambosos.

But if the Ghanaian sweeps away Lomachenko imposing his greater strength, natural size for the division and explosion with power blows will end up deteriorating the condition of his rival and will supplant him as the next challenger in line to Kambosos or Haney, mainly.

We do not include Lopez, because he is recovering from an esophagus injury that he suffered while trying to cut weight for his fight against Kambosos. He’s probably not going back to 135 pounds anymore, plus he’s already beaten Commey categorically.

Nor do we put as a possibility Davis. Mayweather he is the one who chooses his rivals and is prone to being risk averse when he sees rivals crush others.

In summary, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Richard Commey It pays for entertainment in the division, which promises to remain the best next.

Let the styles of both combine in the ring to produce the last dramatic episode at 135 pounds..