Boxing News of Saturday, 10 September 2016
Ghanaian boxer Richard Oblitey Commey lost to American Robert Easter Jr in the vacant international Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight title at the Santander arena in Pennsylvania (USA).
In a highly competitive bout, the Ghanaian boxer showed great promise by matching his counterpart in- front of the home crowd who had thrown their weight behind Robert Easter throughout the 12 rounds.
Commey (24-1,22Kos) floored his opponent in the 8th round with a powerful right hand punch.
Easter (17-0,14 KO’s) also threw some few decent punches at the Ghanaian who had dominated the entire second half of the bout despite a slow start in the early stages.
After 12 rounds of fears action the judges scored the bout (115-112E, 114-113C, 114-113E) in favor of Robert Easter Jr.
The 28-year-old Ghanaian boxer (Commey) has a rich record having won the Ghanaian lightweight title, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Continental Africa lightweight title, African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental lightweight title, and Commonwealth lightweight title.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight world title was occupied by Cuban Rances Barthelemy who vacated the belt in order to move up in weight