Boxing News At Five | Feb 06 2019

Boxing News at Five: Commey coach unhappy with Lomachenko “rush”, Beterbiev calls out Kovalev

Richard Commey's hand injury could delay mooted Vasyl Lomachenko unification, while Artur Beterbiev wants all-Russian clash with Sergey Kovalev
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Stacey Verbeek

YOU have to feel for Ghana’s Richard Commey.

No sooner had he stopped Isa Chaniev in a couple of rounds on Saturday (February 2) to lift the IBF lightweight title than plans were being made for him to put the belt on the line against WBA and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko, arguably the finest boxer in the sport, in April. It was a harsh reality check for the talented 31-year-old and an indication that once you become a champion in this sport you quickly become a wanted man.

That’s not to say Commey, 28-2 (25), should avoid Lomachenko, of course, nor is it to say he is out of his depth in any potential fight. But, certainly, it would be nice if Ghana’s only current world champion was allowed a moment to breathe, revel in his victory, and enjoy the fruits of holding that IBF title.