Vasiliy Lomachenko beat Richard Commey in a masterful points win that kept the Ukrainian star in contention for another lightweight world title fight.
Lomachenko heavily lost Commey in the seventh round and even tried to get his opponent’s corner to stop the fight before sealing a dominant win with scores of 117-110, 119-108 and 119-108 at Madison Square Garden. New York.
The former unified world champion is now expected to become the mandatory challenger for George Kambosos Jnr, who ripped Teofimo Lopez’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a shocked victory last month.
Lomachenko’s initial caution was justified when Commey stopped him with a strong right hand in the opening round.
But it was Lomachenko’s turn to show his speed and accuracy in the second as he staggered Commey with a damaging combination.
Lightning bolt against Lomachenko’s left hand caught Commey in the third round, while the king of three weights brought out more fuzzy punches in the fourth.
Throwing a straight left, Lomachenko continued his stinging assault in the fifth, though Commey responded with thunderous hooks in the sixth.
But Lomachenko cut off Commey’s thoughts of a comeback in the seventh when a left hand dropped the Ghanaian heavily on the ropes.
In a show of compassion, Lomachenko gestured for Commey’s corner to avoid further punishment, but the former IBF champion staggered for the rest of the round.
Lomachenko lightened his assault slightly, probing his stunned opponent with precise hits in the eighth, while Commey tried to land ring hooks in the ninth.
A creaking counter was shrugged off by Lomachenko, who responded with a dazzling cluster of punches in the 10th.
With a commanding lead on the scorecards, Lomachenko made it through the last two rounds easily avoiding Commey’s desperate attempts to deliver a fight-changing blow.