Richard Commey is the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) world lightweight champion after destroying Russia's Isa Chaniev.
The Ghanaian dropped the Russian three times enroute to round two stoppage on February 3, 2019, in Frisco, Texas.
With the win, Commey becomes Ghana's ninth world champion.
In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Boxingscene.com, the impressive victory should move Commey into an April 12 fight against Ukraine’s Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) somewhere in the Los Angeles area.
Because Saturday’s fight was so short, Commey might not have much difficulty making a quick turnaround to challenge Lomachenko. Commey mentioned, though, that he hurt a knuckle on his right hand in the first round Saturday night.
Commey captured the vacant IBF 135-pound championship as well. Mikey Garcia gave up that title late last year to pursue a March 16 fight against IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The first round of the Commey-Chaniev clash was action-packed.
After trading punches for most of it, an overhand right by Commey knocked Chaniev flat on his back with 29 seconds left in the opening round. Chaniev got up, tripped up Commey a few seconds later and made it to the end of the first round.
Commey attacked him as soon as the second round started.
He drilled Chaniev (13-2, 6 KOs) with a perfect left hook that dropped him again just eight seconds into the round. Chaniev again got up, but Commey cracked him with several more punishing punches.
Cole stepped in to halt the action as Chaniev was falling to the canvas for the third time in the fight. A left-right combination floored Chaniev for the third time.
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