Ghanaian boxer Richard Commey made his second crack at the vacant IBF lightweight title count, claiming his first world title after defeating Russian Isa Chaniev in second round stoppage.
Commey (28-2, 25 KO) tore through Chaniev (13-2, 6 KO), 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 frame, he tripped, which may have been all that saved Chaniev at that point, (badlefthook.com)
Commey wasted no time in the second, picking up right where he’d left off. He put Chaniev down with a left hook early in the round, and with Chaniev clearly unsteady as the fight restarted, he charged in and finished things with a final flurry, dropping the Russian for a third time, at which point referee Laurence Cole stopped the bout at 39 seconds of the second round, showing his standard questionable judgment letting it even go that far.
The ferocious boxer from Accra landed 33 of 105 (31%) of his otal punches, and 29 of 69 (42%) of his power shots as he overpowered Chaniev in short order. Chaniev landed 23 of 81 (28%) total punches and 19 of 64 (30%) of his power shots.
The win has restored Ghana on th3 world boxing radar after Isaac Dogboe lost his world title to Mexican Emmanuel Navarrete.
The win makes Commey the IBF champion, and he’ll be facing Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) on April 12th in Los Angeles, Cailfornia. That’ll be a banger!