By News Team
8th December 2021
The United States, United Kingdom double headers continue this week with former lightweight king Vasyl Lomachenko taking on Richard Commey in New York, whilst Conor Benn continues his welterweight journey against Chris Algieri.
Will Lomachenko throw himself back into the world title mix? One last test before world title conversations for Benn?
We preview each clash and pick out the best odds.
Vasyl Lomachenko v Richard Commey
Astonishingly, for one of the greatest fighters of all time, Lomachenko’s stock might have diminished further this week, with Teofimo Lopez – the fighter who dealt his most recent defeat, the only defeat in his last 13 consecutive world title fights – losing to mandatory challenger George Kambosas Jr. last weekend.
It’s one reason why ‘The Matrix’ has a point to prove against former world champion Richard Commey on Saturday, who incidentally lost his world title to Lopez in spectacular fashion almost two years ago.
Unlikely to come via a savage knockout in the first two rounds, such as the method of Lopez’s victory, Lomachenko will seek one of his trademark performances, dazzling the crowd with a skillset that has never been seen before in a boxing ring.
Not many would go against the Ukranian sensation in this one, particularly as the landscape of the lightweight division is starting the shift towards an undisputed fight in the early months of 2022.
Lomachenko remains one of the biggest names in the division and both current champions in Devin Haney and George Kambosas Jr. will know that they can only be considered the best of their era with a victory against ‘Loma’ on their record.
Conor Benn vs Chris Algieri
Criticised for moving through the division at a steady pace, some are sceptical of Conor Benn’s credentials at world level but Saturday is certainly a step-up in level with former world champion Chris Algieri his opponent.
The American has been 12 rounds with both Amir Khan and Manny Pacquaio in his day, albeit both defeats, but it’s a level of experience that Benn is yet to test his metal against under the bright lights.
Don’t expect it all to go Benn’s way even though age is on his side, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the home fighter come through adversity to prove victorious on the night or taste his first defeat as a professional.