Lawrence Carl Lokko, former coach of Richard Commey, the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight world champion, says there was nothing wrong with the new champion mounting the ring in April to fight Ukranian Vasyl Lomachenko.
Commey (28-2,25 KOs) recorded a stoppage in the second round over Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, United States of America (USA), to pick the vacant IBF lightweight title and now become an opponent for champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Lomachenko is the reigning World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title holder and has been billed to meet in a unification fight with the victor of the IBF world title (barely nine weeks after).
There has been some consternation after Commey’s victory, which makes him an automatic opponent.
However, Lokko sees nothing wrong with fighting Lomachenko in a unification fight if he was in a good condition.
He said it was every boxer’s dream to become a world champion, adding that the chance to fight in unification also remains a chance many boxers won’t turn their eyes off it.
“I cannot say it is too early for him to defend his title and possibly add more. They (his camp) know what is going on in camp and normally it is about the health of the boxer that matters most, so if he is ok after the fight then there is no problem for him to fight,” he said.
“Also, he didn’t have much to do in the bout because he finished his opponent in the second round of a 12 round fight.
“It is every boxers dream to be a world champion and that would make him proud. I believe he can still do something. If the April fight would happen then it is going to be a unification fight and he has the chance to unify the belts which is very possible.”
Coach Lokko advised the boxer to work harder if he wants to remain a champion in career.
Lokko urged the boxer must eschew complacency and remain focused to reach the higher heights in his professional career.
He said, the new world champion has all the qualities to remain at the top level of world boxing, but cautioned that, only hard work would keep him there.
“We thank God for our new world champion. This is something that we have been gunning for because when it comes to boxing, it is about world title and Commey has made Ghana proud,” he said.
Commey (28-2,25 KOs) recorded a stoppage victory in the second round over Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6 Kos) on Saturday at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas-USA to pick the vacant IBF lightweight title and now become an opponent for the unified champion Vasyl Lomachenko in his April fight