Vasily Lomachenko validated the predictions that made him a favourite at the legendary Madison Square Garden to defeat former Ghanaian champion Richard Comey by knocking him down in the seventh round and defeating him by team wide decision.
The Ukrainian immediately called after Australian George Camposos, who had just ousted Tofimo Lopez as the undisputed lightweight champion.
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KO’s) dropped a rocket left in Commey’s face (30-4, 27 KO) to send him to the board in the seventh inning and seeing him in disrepair when he came back, he called a corner of the Ghanaian who stopped the fight and lost precious seconds that might lead him to end it with a knockout. He hurt him again, again asked to throw the towel, but they didn’t and again he missed a knockout.
At the end of an entertaining fight, Lomachenko took two cards 119-108 and 117-110 to win the WBO-sanctioned Intercontinental title and uphold, for many, his position as the world’s best light heavyweight despite not owning it. The world championship is in his possession.
After the competition, the three-time champion told Lomachenko that he has no problem going to Australia to challenge Camposos, as long as it gives him this opportunity to contest the undisputed lightweight championship, which will be his greatest task in the upcoming 2022.
Lomachenko, 33, was the lightweight champion until he lost a decision to Lopez in October 2020. After recovering from a shoulder injury that required surgery, Lomachenko returned with a dominant ninth round TKO to defeat Masayoshi Nakatani in June.