Former world lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will look to re-establish himself at 135 lbs and find a WBC lightweight title opportunity when he meets Richard Commey at Madison Square Garden in New York this Sunday night for the WBO Continental title. Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Lomachenko vs. Commey, including boxing odds, free expert boxing picks, and predictions.
Richard Commey vs. Vasyl Lomachenko
WBO Continental Lightweight Main Event Championship Bout
Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 5:30 PM EST at Madison Square Garden
Vasyl Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs)
The most notable boxing contest of the weekend involves the long-awaited return of Vasyl Lomachenko. When Loma entered the squared circle, he delivered Masayoshi Nakatani a TKO loss, a notable victory for Loma after losing his championship to Teofimo Lopez.
Aged 33-years-old, some would suggest that Loma’s best days are behind him, but as the former three-time world champion in three weight classes, you simply cannot discredit the Ukrainian because of a lone championship losing a fight.
Loma entered the elite level of boxing as one of the most successful amateur boxers in the sport's history. A record of 396 wins to 1 loss during his amateur career signaled the boxing world had an exceptional talent on the come up.
Turning pro in 2013 saw Loma tie the record for obtaining a world title in the fewest professional bouts, lifting the WBO featherweight title during his third pro fight.
The former three-division champion might have to overlook a rematch with Teofimo Lopez after the title belongs to George Kambosos Jr. Still, wherever the gold resides, Loma won’t stop until he earns his opportunity to become the 135 lbs king once again.
Richard Commey (30-3, 27 KOs)
The boxing pride of Ghana, Richard Commey, knows what it takes to become a world champion and compete with the 135 lbs elite.
Commey is a former IBF champion who lost his championship Teofimo Lopez, so the common occurrences between both fighters are present. Following his loss to Lopez, Commey also rebounded with an impressive KO victory over Jackson Martinez, but we must note this contest was only his second appearance since 2019.
The pro-level experience of Commey is evident with 33 contests on his record, but the lingering questions remain, is the 34-year-old holding onto too much ring rust to compete with the world's most talented boxers?
Lomachenko vs. Commey Analysis and Breakdown
How Can Commey Defeat Lomachenko?
Even when ranked towards the top of the division, Commey has struggled to distinguish himself as one of the greats. And I don’t think Loma should overlook his opponent this weekend because that’s where Commey’s most significant advantage lies – receiving a lack of respect.
Commey is a true craftsman, and while he doesn’t boast the dimensions that can fool Lomachenko into his knockout-worthy shots, the veteran practitioner has the intelligence to avoid another two-round embarrassment.
How Can Lomachenko Defeat Commey?
The speed, preciseness, accuracy, timing, footwork, and defense of Lomachenko is what once positioned him in talks as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.
Loma and Commey have a familiar opponent in Lopez, but what was the critical difference? Loma’s defense, footwork, and elite-level skills allowed him to hang tough with Lopez. On the opposite end, Commey was finished by Lopez within two rounds. Whilst boxing mathematics doesn’t always work out; the contrasting results could be indicative of each fighter’s ability.
I envision the speed of Loma will overrule anything that Commey can bring to the table; with an effortless style of switching between stances and solid punching power available, anything other than a Lomachenko victory seems unlikely.
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey Betting Picks and Odds
The available boxing odds at Bookmakers Review overwhelmingly support Lomachenko and his chances of victory. With over 400 amateur bouts and 17 pro bouts that started at the highest level, no one has stopped Lomachenko, which would mean Commey’s best chance is to win by decision – a prediction I cannot support.
With that said, the betting odds at -800 on Lomachenko aren’t a position I want to wager on. I believe the veteran IQ of Commey can withstand 9 rounds of action, making plus money on the over seem tempting.
Boxing Pick: Over 9 ½ Rounds (+115) with BetOnline
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