Coach Asare: Commey must recover fully before honouring Lomachenko fight

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Richard Commey

Coach of Black Bombers, Ofori Asare, has warned newly-crowned IBF World lightweight champion, Richard Oblitey Commey,  against honouring a proposed unification bout with WBA and WBO titlist, Vasyl Lomachenko when he is half fit.

 
The national amateur boxing trainer believes Commey has what it takes to trouble the dangerous Ukrainian boxer and must ensure he remains conditioned for the bout should it take place.
 
Coach Asare told the Graphic Sports in an interview that Lomachenko isn't unbeatable and Commey must beat him in order to prove to the world what he is made up of.
 
He also called on the 31-year-old Ghanaian to work harder to reign for a long period in the division having gained a lot of experience in the sport after his fights with Robert Easter Jr in 2016 and Isa Chaniev on February 2.
 
"He must not fear any opponent in the division now because he is also a world champion. The only advise I will give him is to ensure his injury is fully healed before he decides to take on Lomachenko.
 
"After fighting Robert Easter Jr and Isa Chaniev, he has gained a lot of experience and I believe he can trouble Lomachenko when the times come. The only thing left will be the training and focus," he said.
 
Commey (28-2, 24 KOs) destroyed Russia's Isa Chaniev (14-2, 6 KOs) in two rounds at the Ford Centre in Frisco, Texas on February 2 to annex the IBF World lightweight title.
 
The Ghanaian is expected to battle Lomachenko in a unification bout on April 12 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles per his fight contract with Chaniev but an injury on his right knuckle could delay the bout.