By:Eric Eli Adzie | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Ghana’s Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KO’s) has outclassed Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6 KO’s) to capture the vacant IBF lightweight championship on Saturday night.
Commey manoeuvered through Chaniev’s tight defense and succeeded in knocking him out in the 2nd round of their 12-round contest.
Commey tore through Chaniev, dropping him late in the first round on a monster right hand.
As Commey went to end things before the bell could sound to end the first round, he tripped, which might have been all that saved Chaniev in the first round.
The Ghanaian wasted no time in the second round, picking up right where he hadd left off. He put Chaniev down with a left hook early in the round. With Chaniev clearly unsteady as the fight restarted, he charged in and finished things with a final decisive punch, dropping the Russian for a third time.
At this point, referee, Laurence Cole stopped the bout at 39 seconds of the second round.
This was Commey’s first championship victory, and second title fight. He previously lost to Robert Easter Jr. in a very close split decision.
With his win, Commey put himself in a position to face pound-for-pound great, and WBA and WBO lightweight champion, Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO’s).
Lomachenko is on a mission to unify all of the world titles in the lightweight division, and has his eyes on Commey’s IBF belt next, as WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia is busy preparing for Welterweight champion Errol Spence.
Commey is now Ghana’s 9th world champion.