Vasiliy Lomachenko Needs To Fight George Kambosos Jr., And Will Go Anywhere To Make It Happen
Vasiliy Lomachenko isn’t a lightweight titleholder anymore, but he proved why he should be again on Saturday night.
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) outboxed Richard Commey (30-4, 27 KOs) in a dominant performance at Madison Square Garden in New York, winning the vacant WBO intercontinental lightweight title via unanimous decision. After the fight, Lomachenko was asked if he’s willing to take on WBA, WBC Franchise, WBO and IBF lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr in Australia.
“Yes, of course [I want the Kambosos fight], I need this chance. If God gives me this chance I take it,” Lomachenko said. “I will go anywhere I need to go to fight him.”
The Ukrainian boxer dropped Commey, of Ghana, in the seventh round. The 8,555 crowd roared at the left-hand hit, but Commey managed to get back up.
Lomachenko then told Commey’s corner to throw in the towel. The corner did not submit, so Lomachenko shrugged and the two boxed until the 12th and final round.
Lomachenko drops Commey then asks his corner if they want to throw in the towel. Savage. @ThirteenthRound pic.twitter.com/2Qujbjzapr
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Lomachenko put his power, speed and footwork on display. Commey, despite being outboxed for a majority of the bout, shined in some moments, but what was evident was his determination to continue in hopes of turning the outcome around.
That didn’t happen, but Lomachenko expressed his respect to his opponent.
“I saw his situation. It was very hard for him. That’s why I said, ‘Hey, stop the fight,’” he said.
“He is a true warrior. He has a big heart and we continue and we show for people 12 great rounds.”
Lomachenko now has two wins since losing his belts to Teofimo Lopez in 2020, and is making his strides to become the undisputed lightweight champion.