Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bahodir Mamadjonov vs. Richard Commey

The D Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, May 22
TV: CBS Sports
By Peter Lim

Records can be deceiving which is indeed the case in this match-up. With a 90 percent stoppage rate, Commey (21-0, 19 KOs) appears at first glance to be a murderous, Golovkin-like knockout artist. But the Ghanaian's power remains a question mark given the fact that his victories have come against a very mediocre and obscure bunch of opponents in Europe and Africa.

Mamadjonov (17-1, 11 KOs) might appear somewhat ordinary on paper, but he has faced a higher caliber of fighters than Commey. A transplant to Houston from Uzbekistan, Mamadjonov was put on the fast track and matched against more experienced opponents early in his career. His only loss was via disputed split decision in his 12th bout against Darleys Perez, who was 25-0 at that time.

Mamadjonov's experience will ultimately tip the balance in this fight. A vicious body puncher, the southpaw will zero in on Commey's lanky torso with straight lefts, break him down and stop him in the middle rounds.

Jury is still out as to whether Commey is the real deal. Granted he pulled out the victory, but he lost five of seven completed rounds.


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