This is the remarkable moment Vasyl Lomachenko urged his opponent’s corner to throw in the towel for their man to stop further punishment being inflicted on him.
The ferocious Ukrainian was fighting Ghanaian Richard Commey at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, eventually winning by a wide margin in their 12-round bout.
It was all Lomachenko in the early stages, and with five rounds to go the 33-year-old made his dominance count with a huge shot to hurt his rival.
Vasyl Lomachenko urged Richard Commey’s corner to throw in the towel in round seven
As the pair came together to continue, Lomachenko was still looking over to the corner men
After they refused, the Ukrainian got back to work and was eventually the winner on points
Commey hit the ground and was clearly unsteady as he got back to his feet, with the referee starting the count. While Commey indicated he was okay to continue, Lomachenko turned to his opponent’s team, urging them to throw in the towel.
When Commey’s legs buckled a few seconds later, Lomachenko again speaks to the corner to ask them to stop it, before turning his attention back to the fight.
Commey’s team refused to intervene, letting their fighter get to the end of the seventh round, where they were then able to tend to him and help him through to the end of the bout.
He did manage to last the entire 12 rounds, but Lomachenko was a unanimous victor on points in the Madison Square Garden headline bout.
Lomachenko lands a huge left hand on Commey during their fight at Madison Square Garden
The Ukrainian poses with his WBO intercontinental lightweight belt after securing the victory
Tyson Fury was also in town and got in the ring to sing Happy Birthday to Bob Arum
The Ukrainian has now bounced back from his defeat by Teofimo Lopez last year with back-to-back victories.
He is most well-known in the UK for his victory over Luke Campbell in 2019, while he has also beaten Anthony Crolla in Los Angeles.
Commey, meanwhile, had also recently been beaten by Lopez, but added another L to his career record, taking him to 30-4 overall.