Former IBF lightweight titlist Richard Commey has heaped praise on Vasiliy Lomachenko ahead of their bout at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Commey, who is rated No. 5 by The Ring at 135 pounds, is pleased to be back in a big fight after losing his title to Teofimo Lopez at the same venue two years ago.
The 34-year-old Ghanaian defeated Jackson Marinez in the 6th round via a knock-out and will now seek to become a two-time champion.
“If you want to be the best you have to face the best and Lomachenko is certainly one of the best,” Commey told The Ring.
“It will be an honor sharing the ring with him, but as soon as the first bell goes it will be him standing in the way of my dream to become a world champion again.”
He added, “It’s like fighting for a world title without the belts,” he said. “We are both highly rated in most of the sanctioning bodies and we are headlining at the MSG.
“What can I say that hasn’t already been said?,” he asked. “His amateur record is unreal and he brought his skills into the pro ranks to become a three-weight world champion. He has it all and is a credit to the sport.”