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Commey wants Mathews after ending Truscott's feisty effort in the eighth


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http://static.boxrec.com/wiki/5/5c/Commeytrustcottweighin.jpgIn a highly entertaining fight at the York Hall last night, Ghanaian lightweight Richard 'Azonto' Commey (16-0) stopped Middlesbrough's former British super featherweight champion Paul 'Trussy' Truscott (19-4) in the eighth round to extend his perfect record to sixteen wins, all inside the distance.

The fight was a final eliminator for the Commonwealth lightweight title, now held by Derry Mathews after the Liverpudlian pulled a left hook out of nowhere to stop Hull's Tommy Coyle in the tenth at the Craven Park Stadium. Mathews was well behind on the scorecards.

Enjoying vocal Ghanaian and English support, Commey (9st 8lbs 2oz) set a fast pace, which Truscott (9st 7lbs 4oz) was prepared for, and coped with. Commey went down from a slip in the first, and afterwards 'Trussy' put him on the ropes and under pressure, but the Ghanaian dealt with the onslaught, Azonto'd his way out of trouble, and returned fire. Referee Mark Green quickly put a stop to some good-natured afters at the end of the first.

Truscott had Commey in retreat somewhat, but after some neat counter punching the Ghanaiain turned the tables halfway through the second, and edged some good exchanges on the ropes. However, sound defensive head movement from Truscott was making Commey miss with more shots than usual as the fast pace continued with plenty of leather thrown by both. Blowing a little at the start of the fourth, Commey set about placing his rhythmic shots, but couldn't really moan when he foolishly turned around, copping one to the back of the head from the lively Truscott, who took the round and was now winning the inside exchanges.

With Commey also finding Truscott difficult to hit in the middle of the ring, it looked as if the Ghanaian was slowing a little, but he came back well in the latter part of the fifth to make it close. He hurt Trussy in the sixth with a right hand, and stepped up a gear, looking for the finish. Truscott bobbed his way out of trouble, and Commey slowed back down again, but took the round clearly.

The seventh saw some exciting action. Truscott seemed a little more reluctant to press forward and Commey found him with a counter right, again taking it up a notch to follow in for the finish, but the game Smoggy bobbed his way out of trouble once more and returned with close range fire. It had taken a lot out of him though - his legs dipped on the way back to the corner.

The eighth was new territory for Commey, but he didn't have to venture anywhere near the championship rounds after a punishing left hook to the body forced Truscott to take a knee, and he was counted out at 1.23 by referee Mark Green upon his rise.

Commey continues an impressive stoppage run against his trickiest challenge to date, and should now be in line to fight Derry Mathews, should the newly crowned Commonwealth champion choose to dance with the exciting Ghanaian.

Undercard report to follow

 

 

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