Today In History: Richard Commey Beat Gary Buckland To Win Commonwealth Belt

On July 12, 2014, Ghana’s Richard Commey was a given torrid time by Gary Buckland as he went distance for the first time , winning the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title with a 12-round decision in York Hall at Bethnal Green in the UK.

The judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 in favour of the Ghanaian.

But he had a tough nightas Buckland took him the distance for the first time in his career.

It was Buckland’s second successive defeat after his split-decision loss to fellow Welshman Gavin Rees in May.

And his rugged approach posed questions about the power of the much-touted Commey, who seemed unable to hurt the Cardiff fighter.

Epping-based Commey fought off the ropes in the early rounds and was hit with a number of overhand rights.

However, from round six onwards he switched his attacks to Buckland’s body and took control of the centre of the ring as the Welshman’s impressive work-rate slowed.

Commey unleashed a barrage of punches on Buckland in the 10th round, but was still unable to really hurt his opponent.

However, Buckland’s fate was sealed in the 11th round when he was deducted a point for punching his opponent on the back of the head.