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Boxing News Wed, 6 Feb 2019

DiBella: Commey yet to know extent of hand injury

Newly-crowned IBF World lightweight champion, Richard Oblitey Commey, is scheduled for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan on Wednesday to ascertain the extent of his injury.

This, according to Lou DiBella, the promoter of the boxer, would determine whether Commey would honour the unification bout with Ukrainian, Vasiliy Lomachenko, scheduled for April 12.

DiBella, Chief Executive Officer of DiBella Entertainment, explained that Commey after his MRI on Wednesday there would be a subsequent review on Thursday following which the medical team can fairly access the extent of the boxer's injury on his right knuckle.

Commey (28-2, 24 KOs) sustained a ligament injury on his right hand after an explosive second round technical knockout victory over Isa Chaniev to annex the vacant IBF lightweight belt in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, February 4.

The 31-year-old hard-hitting boxer is in line to fight WBA and WBO lightweight titlist, Vasiliy Lomachenko, in a Top Rank card slated for April 12 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles per the contract he signed before his fight against Chaniev.

In an interview with ESPN, DiBella said "There seems to be an issue with a ligament on his right hand, his right knuckle. Before there is any definitive prognosis, they want him to have an MRI and whatever other imaging they need to do".

"Richard went to see the hand specialist on Tuesday. The doctor sent him for imaging, which he will have done on Wednesday, and on Thursday the doctor will review everything and give us a prognosis about whether he will be able to fight on April 12.

"My perspective is that I'm not going to play doctor. Right now, there is an issue that has to be dealt with, and on Thursday we'll know the extent of it," he added.

Having lost his maiden world title in 2016, Commey rose to the occasion on his second attempt and destroyed Russia's Chaniev (13-2, 6 KOs) after knocking him down three times to earn a knockout victory.

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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