Although Commey set a blistering pace — his 1,241 total punches were the ninth most ever recorded by CompuBox at lightweight — the split decision in Shafikov’s favor was reflective of the action.
Commey bolted to the lead in the first five rounds by averaging 118 punches per round (nearly twice the 60.2 lightweight average) and out-landing Shafikov 93-78 overall and 78-73 power.
The fight tightened up in the sixth and seventh rounds (where Commey, 93 punches per round, edged Shafikov, 53.5 per round, 31-26 overall and 29-26 power), then turned in the final five rounds, perhaps because of Shafikov’s robust body attack (119 of 221 total connects, 117 of 205 power connects) and Commey’s slowed jabbing pace (64.4 attempts in round 1-5, 46.2 in rounds 8-12, including 35 in the last two rounds).
There, Shafikov upped his pace from 57.2 to 67.4 while Commey slowed from 118 to 93 and out-landed Commey 117-86 overall and 106-75 power.
Another heartbreaking loss for Commey, but not a robbery. Scoring: 116-112 (Joseph Pasquale), 115-113 (Steve Weisfeld) for Shafikov, 116-112 Commey (Adalaide Byrd).